ANDERSON, Ind. (July 3, 2015) – Three people were shot and taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds in Anderson Friday afternoon. One of the people shot was a suspect, and he was shot by an Anderson police officer.
The shooting occurred in the 300 block of East 36th Street around 1 p.m.
According to police, a woman called 911, reporting that her fiancé, Howard J. McCoy, 51, had been shot.
Anderson Police Officer, Shad Grile, was the first to arrive on scene.
Within seconds, witnesses began pointing toward a male subject standing nearby, identifying him as the shooter.
Officer Grile turned his attention toward the suspect, and at that time the suspect brandished a handgun and fired several rounds into the air.
Officer Grile ordered the suspect several times to drop the gun. The suspect then pointed the gun at the officer, and in defense, the officer fired at the suspect.
The suspect, later identified as Atul P. Navalo, 39, of Anderson, was taken into custody.
Investigators layer determined that two men had been shot in the 300 block of E. 36th St, prior to Officer Grile’s arrival at the scene.
McCoy had been helping his friend Daniel A. Dollar, 30, load firewood into the back of a pick-up that was parked in the street.
During this time, Navalo, who lives next door walked over and began firing a handgun at McCoy.
McCoy was shot several times.
Dollar, who is believed to have been an unintentional victim, was shot in the lower right leg.
McCoy was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent’s Anderson. He was later transported to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment of his injuries. His status has been listed as non-critical.
Daniel Dollar was transported by ambulance to Community Hospital Anderson. He is in stable condition and suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Atul Navalo was transported to St. Vincent’s Anderson, and later flown to an Indianapolis hospital for the treatment of his injuries.
Navalo, while hospitalized, remains in police custody. His injuries are also non-life threatening.
Investigators are working to determine what relationship, if any, Navalo had with McCoy and/or Dollar, as well as the motive behind his actions.
In accordance with the Anderson Police Department’s policy, pertaining to any and all police-action shootings, Officer Grile has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending a review of the incident.
Officer Shad Grile has been with the Anderson Police Department for 22 years.