COLUMBUS, Ind. — A man is in critical condition after being shot early Sunday morning by a Columbus police officer responding to a report of suspicious activity.
According to Indiana State Police, a homeowner in the 3000 block of Grove Parkway was out of town on vacation when he noticed on security footage an unknown person on his property at about 4 a.m. The homeowner contacted Columbus police, and an officer arrived at the home a few minutes later.
Once at the home, the officer encountered a 38-year-old Columbus man. State police say the man ignored the officer’s verbal commands and tried to flee on foot. The officer chased the man into the back yard of the home, where he again gave verbal commands in an attempt to detain him. Investigators believe the man fired one round from a firearm towards the officer, who returned fire with his department issued handgun, according to ISP.
The officer was not hit with gunfire, but the man was struck once. State police say the officer called for an ambulance, which arrived within minutes and took the man to the Columbus Municipal Airport, where a medical helicopter was waiting to transport him to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. ISP said on Tuesday that the man remains in the hospital and is still listed in critical condition.
State police added that their investigation revealed the man had stolen the firearm used in the shooting from a car in the Columbus area before his interaction with police. Investigators do not believe the man was able to make entry into the home before being confronted by the officer.
ISP’s investigation is still ongoing. State police will forward their report to the Bartholomew County Prosecutor when completed.