Officer-involved shooting reported by Lawrence police following northeast side pursuit

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A man is in critical condition after an officer-involved shooting on the city’s northeast side.

The Lawrence Police Department said the shooting happened in the area of 56th Street & Old Colony Road in Indianapolis. According to LPD, one suspect was shot two times by an officer, once to the arm and once to the rear, lower torso.

The suspect was taken to Eskenazi Hospital where he underwent surgery. He was taken out of surgery in a critical, but stable condition. Lawrence police confirmed that no officers were injured.

The shooting happened after a chase that started as a theft or shoplifting call at City Trends clothing store in the 8100 block of Pendleton Pike at 2:14 p.m. The City Trends owner gave police a description of the suspect’s vehicle – a white minivan.

A Lawrence police officer spotted the suspect based on the vehicle description and tried to stop the van, but the driver took off. LPD said the pursuit went from 56th Street and Post Road, headed westbound on 56th to Brenden Park Drive, where the suspect lost control of the vehicle.

According to police, one suspect got out of vehicle and there was a confrontation between officers and the suspect.

Police confirmed that an LPD officer fired a shot or shots at the suspect. There was also a passenger in the vehicle who was apprehended without incident.

According to LPD, the entire incident is being reviewed and the incident is under an active investigation.

Police originally reported shots were fired at officers, but that has since been retracted.

Extended interview with Lawrence Police Department Deputy Chief Gary Woodruff:

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Both officers involved in the incident were wearing body cameras and had dashboard cameras. They were placed on paid administrative leave pending results of the investigation.

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