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Witness says suspect tried to pull gun from officer’s holster before east side shooting

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- A person is in serious condition after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday on the east side.

The incident occurred at a home near East Washington Street and South Sherman Drive just after 3 p.m. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Chief Troy Riggs said an officer was sent to the location on a theft report.

When the officer arrived, a father and daughter were having an argument. The father was on the ground.

Riggs said a third person got involved in the situation, and according to a witness, tried to remove the officer's gun from the holster. A struggle over the weapon ensued, and two shots were fired. The suspect was struck and taken to Eskenazi Health in serious condition.

“There was a fight over that weapon,” said IMPD Chief Troy Riggs. “How those shots occurred, we’re just not clear right now. It’s too early and it may take some time before we know for sure. But one thing for sure, we’re going to gather that information and give it to the prosecutor’s office.”

No officers were injured. Police are asking for anyone who has any information or saw the incident to step forward.

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