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UPDATE (Sept. 20, 2017) -- A jury found Quincy Hawkins guilty on two counts of possession of a narcotic drug and a count of possession of paraphernalia. He was found not guilty on charges of attempted murder, battery and maintaining a common nuisance.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 21, 2015) -- An Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer was injured while serving a search warrant in a drug case Friday morning, police said.

It happened in the 1000 block of Baribeau Lane on the east side.

Police went to the house to serve a drug warrant and were immediately met with gunfire.

After officers came under fire from an suspect armed with an assault rifle, they immediately back away instead of engaging in a gunfight.

“I think they were justified in shooting, but showed restraint in not returning fire at the suspect,” said IMPD Lt. Richard Riddle.

After a short negotiation, police convinced the armed suspect to come out of the home without further violence.

One officer got hit, likely by shrapnel, during the shooting.

The story is an example police say of the dangers they face every day on the job.

“It is a testament to the dangers that could be behind any door on any run, much less a search warrant,” said Riddle.

“There is an unprecedented level of confrontation and resistance that our officers experience,” said FOP President Rick Snyder.

Not counting Friday’s shooting, there have been 15 officer involved shooting in the city this year and nearly half of those proved fatal.

“As a whole we are seeing much more brazen activity, criminal activity, much more confrontational approaches to our police officers,” said Snyder.

“I’m glad this is over, it was a little bit of a shock,” said neighbor Sherry Guffey.

Sherry lives just down the street from the scene of Friday’s shooting.

She praised police for not returning fire into the home and hates to see officers continually coming under attack.

“That’s a problem because these are nice people just doing their job,” said Guffey.

“I think it goes to show the level of restraint and training SWAT goes through to have the restraint to not shoot at somebody they cannot see. They don’t know what is inside the residence and if there are any children,” said Riddle.

The officer injured in the shooting was taken to a local hospital and was treated and released.

The following individuals were arrested, including the preliminary charges for each :

1. Quincy Hawkins, 30 -  (Attempted Murder, Battery w/ deadly weapon, Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Paraphernalia, Maintaining a Common Nuisance)

2. Maleisha Robinson , 40 - Maintaining a Common Nuisance

3. Destiny Robinson, 19 - Visiting a Common Nuisance

4. Damon Robinson, 39 - Visiting a Common Nuisance