Officers shoot man after attempted traffic stop leads to pursuit in Muncie

UPDATE: Charles Dinkins was sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with the incident.

MUNCIE, Ind. – Investigators released new details about an early morning officer-involved shooting in Muncie Friday.

According to Indiana State Police, the Muncie Police Department requested ISP’s help in investigating the incident, which started around 2:30 a.m.

The initial investigation showed that Muncie officers tried to stop a gray Chevrolet Cavalier for a traffic violation in the area of 12th and Hoyt. The vehicle didn’t stop and instead tried to get away from police.

Officers pursued, and the Cavalier drove through a gate at the rear of the U.S. Postal Service facility at 501 W. Memorial Dr. A female passenger in the car bailed out of the vehicle at that point. Court records show the woman told police she repeatedly asked the driver to stop the car.

Officers said the Cavalier drove across the lot and then came back around toward officers at a “high rate of speed.” Court records say one officer has to run out of the vehicle's path to avoid being hit. Two officers opened fire when they realized the car wasn’t going to stop, striking the driver.

The car eventually crashed at 13th Street and Elliot Street a few blocks away. The driver, identified as Charles Kevin Dinkins, 48, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for treatment. He suffered injuries from the crash and gunshot wounds.

When responding officers arrived to the scene, they asked the suspect for his name. According to court records Dinkins responded saying "Rumpelstiltskin, (expletive)."

Police said Dinkins was driving on a suspended license and was also wanted on a misdemeanor warrant out of Henry County. Once Dinkins is discharged from the hospital, charges related to the Muncie case will be filed, police said.

Dinkins has open cases in Delaware County for battery and confinement.

In this case, he's preliminarily charged with Aggravated Battery on Law Enforcement, Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon, Resisting Law Enforcement in a Vehicle and two charges of Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

The officers involved aren't being named. They were not hurt in the incident.