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IMPD: suspect dead, woman rescued after hostage situation, officer-involved shooting

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Posted at 12:08 PM, Oct 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-02 15:35:00-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says a male suspect is dead after an officer-involved shooting Sunday morning.

IMPD officer Samone Burris says around 10 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of S. Holt Road on the city's west side for a domestic disturbance with a weapon call.

In an update just after 3 p.m., IMPD Sgt. Genae Cook said a woman outside told officers her roommate was being held hostage inside a bedroom by her boyfriend who had a gun. Police later said it was the roommate's ex-boyfriend.

Cook says officers went inside and tried to de-escalate the situation, The SWAT team also responded and negotiations continued, according to police.

"At a certain point, a gunshot was heard from inside the bedroom. To protect the safety of the hostage, SWAT team members then immediately entered the bedroom where they engaged the suspect," Cook said. "At least four officers then fired their department-issued weapons, striking the suspect. Simultaneously, they then grabbed the hostage and removed her from the situation and took her to a safe location."

Police say SWAT team medics pronounced the suspect dead at the scene. On Monday, the Marion County Coroner's Office said he had been identified as Thomas Talley, 40.

Cook says a gun, knife and machete were later found in the bedroom.

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IMPD released this photo of a gun and machete found in the bedroom of a home on Holt Avenue where a woman was held hostage.

"The officers in this area have frequently been called out to this location, whether it's disturbance or other type of investigations, so they are familiar with this residence."

No officers were injured in the incident.

Cook says all four officers who fired their weapons were wearing body cameras that were activated. They have been placed on administrative duty with pay, which is standard IMPD protocol.

The suspect's identity has not been released.

You can watch the full update below.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sergeant Scott Stauffer at the homicide office by calling 317-327-3475. Alternatively, anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.

Kevin Taylor has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years. He tells WRTV he saw a lot of cops surrounding a house before seeing tear gas. He says authorities were on scene for about three hours.

"Does this come as a shock to you?" asked WRTV's Nikki DeMentri.

"No, not really, no. This is the west side, it's always like this it seems like anymore," Taylor said.

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You can watch the 1 p.m. update below.