INDIANAPOLIS – An investigation is underway after a pursuit on Indy’s near northwest side ended in a police shooting with an officer and the suspect wounded.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 6400 block of Kentstone Drive around 3:40 Saturday afternoon. When officers arrived, they found a 61-year-old woman and 38-year-old man with gunshot wounds. They were transported to the hospital, where the woman was reported in critical condition and the man in stable condition.
IMPD says detectives believe the suspect — 21-year-old Keith Allender — is the victims’ neighbor, and the shooting was seemingly unprovoked with no disturbance preceding it. Detectives also believe Allender shot the woman while she and a toddler were inside a vehicle. The toddler was unharmed. Police say Allender shot the man while he was outside of the vehicle.
After being shot, the woman was able to drive a short distance away. Detectives learned a 55-year-old woman tried to help the woman shot and was intentionally struck by Allender driving the SUV, IMPD said. The woman struck was later taken to the hospital in stable condition.
IMPD says detectives believe Allender fired shots at and struck three civilian vehicles in the area of 3500 W. 62nd Street while driving, but nobody was injured at that location. Police quickly found a SUV matching Allender’s vehicle and tried to detain him, but Allender allegedly exited his vehicle and fired shots at two officers, striking one officer’s vehicle. He then proceeded southbound on Michigan Road. Allender fled from officers in the vehicle, and officers engaged in a vehicle pursuit.
Allender drove southbound on Michigan Road (then Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard), westbound on W. 30th Street, and stopped in the 1600 block of W. 30th Street. There was an exchange of gunfire between Allender and five officers, with Allender and an officer wounded.
The officer — a two-year veteran — was shot multiple times. She was transported to an area hospital by another officer and has since been released, IMPD said Sunday.
Police said the suspect suffered a gunshot wound. Officers immediately rendered aid, and he was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.
Police say Allender’s gun was located at the scene, and he has a valid handgun permit.
Allender was placed under arrest with preliminary charges of attempted murder (3 counts), aggravated battery, criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will make the final charging decision.
Multiple officers had body-worn cameras, and at least one officer had a dash camera operating at the time. The officers who fired their weapon were placed on administrative leave pending the result of the investigation.
The IMPD says there is no active threat to the community and police are not looking for any suspects as of the time of this report.
“Unfortunately, once again, we are dealing with gun violence. In this case, violence against our officers,” said Randal Taylor, IMPD Chief of Police.
At a media briefing Saturday afternoon, Taylor said this is an example of one of the dangers that officers face when they put on their uniforms.
“We’re all in this together. We’re all trying to fight violence and hopefully we’ll get on top of that without other people having to be injured or even killed,” he said.
“We are once again reminded that our residents and officers are stuck in the middle of this violence throughout our city,” said Rick Snyder, FOP President.
Snyder said trauma kits utilized by officers “paid off again” in this situation. He thanked
“You worry when something like this happens that there’s gonna be a loss of life and it’s a sadness, it’s a scar on the neighborhood, and it’s a scar during our city’s best and biggest weekend,” said a neighbor, who only wanted to be identified as Scott.
He said when the shooting happened he was inside with friends, who are in town for the Indy 500.
Although police have not released information on how many shots were fired during Saturday’s incident, Scott said he would describe what he heard as dozens.
“Really loud gunshots, really quickly and then eerily quiet and then just lots, and lots, and lots of sirens,” he said.
Normally, on Indy 500 weekend, he said if you listen closely you can hear the sounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“You can stand right here on Carb Day or practice day and hear the engines and today what we heard was a tragedy,” Scott said.
“I feel bad for the families. I saw a grandmother and they were just hugging each other and it’s just like, man, on Memorial Day Weekend we still have this violence,” said Shelvy Keglar Jr., who lives in the neighborhood. “This is a quiet neighborhood. There’s kid’s always down there playing.”
The investigation is active and ongoing, police say. This is a developing situation. We will provide additional details as they become available.