3 juveniles in custody after shots fired at IMPD officer during northwest side pursuit

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INDIANAPOLIS — Three suspects are in police custody after shots were fired at an officer’s car during a chase on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

It started as a police pursuit in the 4000 block of Lafayette Road. An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer saw a car driving recklessly on Lafayette Road near I-65. The officer tried to pull the car over, but the car sped away.

IMPD says shots were fired from the suspect’s vehicle at the officer’s car, and it was hit by multiple rounds.

The pursuit continued until the three suspects jumped from the vehicle after crashing in the area of 52nd and Lakeside Manor. A perimeter was set up and with the assistance of an IMPD K9 and a drone from the Speedway Police Department, the three juveniles were apprehended without further incident.  

Luckily the officer wasn’t hurt, but police insist the reckless behavior was a danger to the entire community.

“If individuals will fire shots at police officers, they will fire shots at anyone,” said IMPD Major Harold Turner.

According to the police report, a 17-year-old is now being held on a possible charge of attempted murder.   Two 16-year-old suspects are accused of theft and resisting arrest.

The violence also comes at a time when IMPD officers already feel unsafe on the job.

“This isn’t a sudden unexpected thing.  This has been building up, building up, building up,” said FOP President Rick Snyder.

Exactly two weeks ago, another high-speed chase came to a deadly end near 62nd and Michigan when an IMPD officer shot and killed Dreasjon Reed.

That shooting sparked protests around the city and calls to reform the police department.  It also led to more than two dozen threats against IMPD officers.

“You know silence if the face of violence begets more violence.   That’s what we got last night,” said Snyder.  “How do you get three juveniles suddenly out of nowhere think it’s okay to be firing rounds at officers who are trying to conduct a traffic stop on them?”

Snyder wants community leaders who spoke out following the deadly police shooting to also publicly condemn threats of violence against police.

“We watched our elected politicians trip over themselves to get in front of a camera to talk about reforming the police.  I’m asking why can’t they get in front of a camera to condemn those who advocate murder against their employees and their families?” said Snyder.

We received responses from several community leaders about the incident.

During my time on the Council I have consistently supported efforts to establish greater trust between law enforcement and the community, and time and again have worked with my colleagues on the Council and with law enforcement to ensure our officers have the resources they need to do their jobs safely.  As far back as 2013, I approached former Public Safety Director Riggs to create, and subsequently chaired, The Fallen and Injured Personnel Review Team, tasked with developing protocols for supporting families and members of law enforcement injured or killed in the line of duty.  In short, I value the lives of our IMPD officers and denounce threats of violence against them.

Vop Osili, City-County Council President

“The Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Command Staff has provided 24 hour on-call guidance and support to our Sheriff’s employees on any recent potential threats. As your Sheriff, I’ve worked for eight weeks with the prosecutors, public defenders and the judges to reduce the population of the Marion County Jail by nearly 800 inmates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I prefer to work together with the public, religious leaders and government officials to heal our community. But there will always be room in the jail for anyone who is so wrong-headed to threaten or take violent action against a police officer, Deputy Sheriff or their families.”

Sheriff Kerry Forestal

As a former federal prosecutor, Mayor Hogsett has always been a vocal supporter of the law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm’s way every day to keep our neighborhoods safe. Over the last four years, Mayor Hogsett has worked to provide the women and men of IMPD with the resources they need to safely and effectively do their jobs – from ensuring raises for merit officers and raising recruit pay, to consistently providing funding for new vehicles and equipment in City-County budgets. This has also included Mayor Hogsett consistent condemnation of violence toward law enforcement officers. Just last week, Mayor Hogsett publicly disavowed the recent threats of violence against officers, saying in part:

“The city recognizes that the dangers of your work have been amplified in public and stark ways. And we are appalled by reports of threats to officers. Nobody who seeks to protect our city should feel threatened or endangered for making that choice. Know that even in the most trying moments, you have the support of your city.” 

The full letter Mayor Hogsett issued in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day can be viewed here.

Mayor Hogsett’s Office

One of the teens did have to be taken to the hospital for injuries suffered in the crash.  So far none of their names have been released because they have not been charged as adults.

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