Man shot by police after pursuit on Indy's southeast side identified

Posted at 8:57 AM, Dec 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-25 20:33:14-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- One person was shot by police after a pursuit on Indianapolis' southeast side early Sunday morning. 

The shooting happened near South Keystone Avenue and East Troy Avenue around 8:30 a.m. 

"What we know right now is around 8 o’clock this morning there was a robbery at the Phillips 66 at McFarland Road and Southport Road," said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Chris Bailey. "The suspect in that particular incident matched two similar incidents that occurred in the southeast district (Saturday)."

Chief Bailey said an officer spotted a vehicle that matched that description and initiated a traffic stop but the suspect fled, leading police on a pursuit that lasted about two minutes. 

An officer involved in the pursuit did a "pit maneuver," according to Chief Bailey, causing the suspects car to go off the road and stop in front of a tree. When the suspect refused to exit the vehicle, SWAT was called to assist the officers because of the nature of the stop. 

"Officers could see him digging around inside the car," said Chief Bailey. "At some point the suspect inside the car kicked open the door, the door kicked back shut and he stayed in the car a little longer."

Chief Bailey said the suspect then kicked the door open again, got out and turned toward the officers. 

"He lifted his shirt and reached into his waistband area and three officers opened fire, striking him multiple times," said Chief Bailey. 

Chief Bailey said it appeared the suspect was reaching for some sort of pipe. 

The suspect was transported to the hospital in serious condition. IMPD released his identity Monday evening. He is 39-year-old Alhadji Bayon.

He was preliminarily charged with robbery, theft with a prior conviction, and resisting law enforcement by fleeing.

Bayon remains in the hospital, but in stable condition, IMPD said Monday night. No mugshot photo is yet available as a result. 

Police have not said whether a weapon was found inside the vehicle.

The three officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, per IMPD protocol. 

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will review the case to make any decisions on charges. 

Below is a timeline released by IMPD Monday evening, copied and pasted from an IMPD release:

0811hrs - Officers dispatched to Phillips 66 at 7020 McFarland Blvd in reference to a robbery that had just occurred and a description of the suspect and suspect vehicle is broadcast 
0814hrs – An alert IMPD officer observes the suspect vehicle (White Chevy Traverse) at E Troy Ave and S Keystone Ave and begins to follow it while updating control operators and officers on his location 
0815hrs – Additional officers are responding, the suspect heads north on Keystone Ave towards Raymond St from Troy Ave near Shank Golf Course 
0816hrs – Suspect turns east on Walker from Keystone Ave; officer identifies the vehicle as being a White Chevy 
0816hrs – Suspect turns north on Churchman heads towards Raymond St 
0818hrs – Officers then activate their emergency lights and siren and attempt to stop the suspect at Raymond. Suspect turns west on Raymond St and a flees from officers in the vehicle, starting a police pursuit 
0819hrs – PIT officer in the pursuit. Officers can see that the driver is believed to be a black male. Pursuit still west on Raymond passing Shelby St 
0819hrs – PIT maneuver executed, causing the suspect to lose control and strike a tree in a yard at E Raymond St and Ransdell. Officers then setup for a Felony Stop.  
0820hrs – Officers notify communications that the driver is reaching into the passenger seat area. Commands are given by officers over the PA system for the driver to exit the vehicle 
0821hrs – Suspect driver refusing to get out of vehicle. Officers continue to slow things down and maintain distance in order to bring incident to a resolution  
0823hrs – The suspect exited the vehicle towards officers in an aggressive manner, lifting his shirt and was observed grabbing the handle of an object from his waistband. Three officers open fire and strike the suspect multiple times. Officers call in “Shots Fired,” suspect down, and request Fire and EMS personnel 
0824hrs – Suspect is secured, vehicle is checked for additional suspects, and additional investigative units are requested. Officers immediately begin providing aid to the suspect and discover that he had a metal pipe with a grip in his waistband. Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) responds 
0828hrs – EMS personnel take up suspect and transport to local hospital for treatment. Suspect believed to be critical 

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