4 incidents of guns used against IMPD within 8-day period

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- In the last eight days, there have been four different incidents in which officers were shot at or had guns drawn on them in Indianapolis.

"Our officers are resolved, and they are not going to relent, and they are not going to back down. They're not going to walk away from this issue,” said Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police President Rick Snyder. 

That's a strong message coming from Snyder, who has been asking “Where’s the outrage?” for months.

"We've had officers either had a gun pointed at them or they actually been shot at,” said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Public Affairs Officer Aaron Hamer. 

The first incident happened January 28 on North Keystone during a traffic stop. Police say 22-year-old Keven Brewer refused to stop and began firing shots at officers. The officers did not return fire, and Brewer was later arrested for the attempted murder of several IMPD officers.

Sunday morning near 10th and Tuxedo Streets, another traffic stop ensued. Police say the driver, 24-year-old Dillon Grant, eventually got out of the car and let the vehicle roll into a fence before firing one shot at police. The officers returned fire, and Grant was arrested and preliminarily charged with attempted murder.

"It goes to [show] the level of training as well as the level of restraint our officers are having currently,” said Hamer. 

Tuesday morning, police responded to a residential robbery in progress on North Dearborn.

Once they arrived, there was a short foot pursuit, which left one officer with a twisted ankle. A gun was drawn in this instance as well. 

 "It's quick, it's rapid, and it's sometimes very violent. And so you have to respond, and hopefully, your training kicks in,” said Hamer. 

 Wednesday morning, officers were on patrol at Jefferson and New York Streets when police say a rifle was drawn on them. Two suspects ended up being taken into custody.

"When someone attacks an officer, they're not just attacking an officer, they are attacking the very fabric of our community because of what our officers represent,” said Snyder.

Four incidents in eight days leaves many questioning why officers are under fire.

"There's a complete disregard for the sanctity of life in our city. It's as simple as that,” said Snyder. 

No one was injured in any of these incidents, but police need the public's help to keep it that way.

"It's a reminder of what our officers face every single day. It's what we train for. It's what we prepare ourselves for. Where the real effect occurs is the families of our officers,” said Snyder. 

 It's important to note that some of these are criminal and internal investigations.

Monday night, there will be a City-Council meeting to address the recent violence against officers.

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