Court docs: Officer-involved shooting sparked by search for erratic driver
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 2, 2015) – A man shot during an encounter with police over the weekend faces multiple charges after the incident, which police say started as an investigation into a possible drunk driver.
Brandon Gregg, 33, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, battery against a public safety official, resisting law enforcement, carrying a handgun without a license and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Around 1 a.m. Saturday, Indianapolis Metropolitan police officers were working with a DUI task force when they pulled over a blue SUV that had been driving erratically on 10th Street near Sherman Drive on the east side of Indianapolis.
The driver, Gregg, pulled over at a gas station. Police said he “smelled of an alcoholic beverage, had glassy eyes, slurred speech” and was “sweating heavily,” according to court documents. Two officers, Lt. Mack McCardia and Officer Garland Cooper, told Gregg to get out of the car.
Gregg refused. The officers tried to force him out of the SUV, setting off a struggle. One of the officers sprayed pepper spray in Gregg’s eyes. Gregg then forced his way out of the vehicle, striking McCardia in the chest. He then ran away, according to court documents.
Cooper gave chase while McCardia radioed for help. As McCardia, who was hobbled, caught up, he heard gunshots and saw Gregg lying on the ground.
Cooper told investigators Gregg turned toward him and “raised a pistol towards him in his right hand.” He opened fire, saying he feared for his life, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Other investigators arrived at the scene to find a silver pistol lying next to Gregg, who was taken to the hospital.
During an interview, police said he admitted to running from the officers and having a gun. A test showed his blood alcohol content was 0.11.