INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department provided more details late Sunday about the shooting on Saturday afternoon involving a sheriff's deputy in Broad Ripple.
William Manery, 30, was shot by a Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy around 5:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of Westfield Boulevard.
The sheriff's office received information from the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department in Tennessee that Manery was in the area, according to IMPD. The Marion County Sheriff's Office was given preliminary information that Manery had open out-of-state warrants and was possibly armed and dangerous.
The warrants included flight to avoid in Rutherford County and vehicular aggravated assault in Bedford County, both in Tennessee. Manery was also wanted on a warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle in Aiken County, South Carolina.
Deputies found Manery's white Jeep Cherokee parked in front of 6311 Westfield Boulevard around 5:25 p.m. Saturday. According to IMPD, deputies approached the vehicle and saw Manery asleep in the driver's seat. He was the only person in the vehicle.
Deputies ordered Manery to get out of the vehicle. IMPD said Manery turned on the vehicle, backed up into a marked police vehicle, continued in reverse for about 50 feet and struck a curb in the parking lot and then drove forward and struck another unmarked Marion County Sheriff's Office vehicle that was unoccupied.
As deputies ran toward the Jeep Cherokee, one of the deputies fired their weapon striking Manery multiple times.
The deputy was identified as Lt. Jason Lee, Marion County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Katie Carlson said in an email. Lee joined the office's reserve division in April 2017.
Manery stopped driving the vehicle and deputies rendered first aid until medics arrived. He was transported to St. Vincent Hospital in serious but stable condition, but he is currently in good condition and is expected to survive his injuries. No deputies were injured.
Sheriff's office deputies do not have body-worn cameras or in-car dash cameras. The IMPD officers who responded to the scene were wearing body cams, which were turned on when they arrived at the scene. WRTV has learned from police IMPD officers were not there during the shooting and it is unclear when the first IMPD officer arrived.
Investigators did not find a gun in Manery's vehicle or at the scene, IMPD said.
“I heard six shots go off. I wasn’t exactly sure what it was at first," Andrew Coovert said. He owns a recording studio just blocks away from the scene in Broad Ripple. Coovert continued, "It was a little bit confusing. People were kind of just walking by and not reacting the way that you would expect."
“It just leads to more questions about how police are interacting with citizens," Russ Ford said. He works in Broad Ripple and told WRTV Monday he has spoken with friends about the incident.
“What video is available, if anything? Even after the fact, can they release things like that?” Ford questioned.
Emma Huening lives in Broad Ripple, but did not originally hear of this shooting. She learned about it just before speaking with WRTV also on Monday.
“There have been a couple of police involved shootings lately around the country and things have been continuing to happen," Huening said.
She believes for change to happen, there needs to be accountability, more training and new protocols.
“[I feel] not great. It doesn’t make me feel any safer especially as a Black person. I’m always on alert," Huening said.
The IMPD Critical Response Team responded to the scene to conduct a criminal investigation. The Marion County Prosecutor's office is participating in the investigation and will review facts and evidence and decide if charges should be filed.
Charlie Stults was still shaken on Monday on what happened over the weekend. Stults wrote: "I was inside Monon Coffee - where I work - when the shots were fired. I watched a few people sprinting away from where I heard the shots originate from and once I thought they were over I stepped out of the shop to help a girl who was crying."
Marion County Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs is also conducting a separate administrative investigation, and the deputy who fired his gun is on administrative leave.
Detectives are continue to work at the scene and are looking for witnesses and evidence.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.