4 in custody after near west side officer-involved shooting

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Photo from the scene.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 7, 2016)– Police say an officer was involved in a shooting Thursday evening on the near west side.

Just before 6 p.m., IMPD responded to an abandoned building at Vermont Street and Tibbs Avenue, near the Indiana Medical Museum. Officers heard people inside the building. When officers entered the building they were met with an armed suspect holding a gun. According to IMPD, “investigators later determined that the gun the suspect was holding was an airsoft replica gun, commonly referred to as a bb gun.”

An officer fired his weapon but did not hit anyone.

Three suspects were taken into custody at the scene.

A fourth suspect ignored officers’ orders to surrender and ran throughout the building. SWAT was called to the scene.

Investigators eventually found the fourth suspect at his place of employment, miles away from the scene.

None of the suspects or officers were injured.

The officer who fired his weapon will be placed on administrative leave as the department investigates, as is standard with officer-involved shootings.

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