Suspects in officer-involved shooting identified; police say they were playing game in abandoned building

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 8, 2016)—The four suspects apprehended following an officer-involved shooting have been identified by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Friday.

Kaleb Farris, 19; Joseph Shibli, 19; Dakota Williams, 19; and Nicholas Bollinger, 18, were taken into custody following the incident Thursday evening.

Officers responded to the abandoned building near an old power plant building at Vermont Street and Tibbs Avenue just before 6 p.m. after suspicious behavior was reported. When they arrived, they found the door to the vacant power plant was damaged and heard voices coming from inside the building.

Police say the officers entered the dark building and were confronted by an armed suspect, displaying a weapon, which was later determined to be an airsoft gun. Police say the suspect fired the airsoft gun at the officer, and the officer returned one shot, but the suspect was not struck.

Officers recovered three airsoft guns from three of the suspects, who were immediately taken into custody. Bollinger fled the scene, but he was apprehended a short time later.

Police say the four trespassed into the building to play an airsoft tag game. The suspects told officers they were planning to capture video on their cell phones of the game and upload the video to YouTube.

The four suspects were released. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the case to determine if charges will be filed.

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