Sheriff’s deputy out of hospital after being shot during attempted robbery at Indy IHOP

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A Marion County sheriff’s deputy was shot and injured on Indianapolis’ northwest side early Saturday morning.

The sheriff’s office says Sgt. David Clemmons and Deputy Entwan Norris were attempting to stop a robbery in progress at the IHOP on W. 38th St. when Clemmons suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

Metro police were dispatched to the restaurant just before 1 a.m. on an “officer needs emergency assistance” call. Responding officers located the deputy and he was transported to a local hospital in “good condition.” He was released Saturday morning. Norris was reportedly unharmed.

“We are incredibly grateful for all of your prayers for Deputy Clemmons’ speedy recovery,” wrote the sheriff’s office.

Police have learned that the shooting was the result of a confrontation between suspects in the IHOP and the deputies. The suspects then fled the scene, according to IMPD. Police had a large presence in the area as they searched for the shooter, but the suspects remain on the loose.

“As far as motivations and what happened inside, it is going to be a long process due to the number of witnesses we have inside the business, but we wanted to make sure that we would get this right because we owe that to the community and we owe that to the deputy and everybody else involved,” IMPD Sgt. Jim Gillespie said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident that may help investigators is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS.

Police have provided this preliminary timeline of the events:

  • 12:51 a.m. – Call comes in for person shot
  • 12:53 – Suspect description broadcast, EMS clear to enter
  • 12:53 – One officer (deputy) shot inside business
  • 12:55 – Suspect description and direction of travel broadcast
  • 12:55 – Code 1 broadcast: Officer needs emergency assistance
  • 12:55 – 911 call from inside the business reporting someone shot
  • 12:56 – Scene safe for medics
  • 12:57 – Incident Command Established by Speedway Police
  • 12:57 – Speedway Officer advises Deputy is awake and breathing and indicates location of injury
  • 12:58 – Staff notifications are made via page
  • 1:00 – Additional 911 caller at nearby business. Advises heard shots outside and then went inside business. Line disconnected.
  • 1:01 – Officer (Deputy) being transported to hospital
  • 1:03 – One person detained at nearby business
  • 1:03 – CIRT & Homicide team responding
  • 1:04 – Post Team Responding, MCSO Chaplain paged
  • 1:05 – FOP Attorney paged
  • 1:08 – All channel broadcast to disregard anyone not on-scene: sufficient help on-scene
  • 1:10 – Homicide identifies several witnesses to interview
  • 1:14 – Medic with deputy getting on I-65 South
  • 1:15 – MCSO IA notified
  • 1:16 – Media staging set in front of Marsh
  • 1:24 – Firearm detection K9 requested. Officers checking the area behind business for suspect
  • 1:24 – Evidence located in parking lot near loading bay of nearby business
  • 1:31 – IMPD Late Shift Sergeant takes Incident Command
  • 1:31 – EMS requested for a checkout of person detained
  • 1:39 – K9 unit completes track in the area
  • 1:43 – Confirmed that Sheriff Unit returned fire
  • 1:44 – Hospitals notified to be on the lookout for possible walk-ins with gunshot wounds
  • 1:52 – Command Van acknowledges request to respond
  • 1:59 – Injured Deputy condition update
  • 2:44 – Business manager arrived on-scene
  • 4:21 – Witnesses transported to Homicide Office
  • 5:07 – Witnesses transported back to crime scene
  • 5:14 – Incident Command Terminated, scene released

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