Carjacking suspect fatally shot by Lawrence police officer, another remains at-large

LAWRENCE, Ind. – One man is dead and another is possibly on the run after a police-action shooting in Lawrence.

A business robbery was reported around 12:40 p.m. at the Big Boy Hobbies in the 8800 block of Pendleton Pike.

Police say one suspect took off in a black Ford Mustang, which officers followed to 46th Street and Mithoeffer Road, where the suspect crashed.

Detectives say the suspect then carjacked someone and continued to flee from police. Officers say one person was still inside of the car when it was taken.

Police say the man then got out of the car and fired several gun shots at police. Three officers returned fire, striking the suspect. He died at the scene.

The suspect has been preliminarily identified, but police are waiting on the coroner's office to make the final identification. Police say they are investigating the possibility that another suspect was also involved in the initial robbery at the hobby store. Those officers are now on administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

This is the first officer-involved shooting for the City of Lawrence this year.

"It seemed the police officers exercised some significant discipline when it came to trying to trying to neutralize the threat and address the ongoing threat and save lives," said Lawrence Police Department Deputy Chief Gary Woodruff.

The person who was inside the car was taken to an area hospital, but is said to be okay.

 

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