INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department literally came under fire by a gunman late Tuesday night.
According to police, more than a dozen shots were fired at the Northwest District headquarters in the 3800 block of Industrial Boulevard around 11 p.m. The front of that building is mostly double pane glass which was shattered by the bullets.
Detectives are still searching for the shooting suspect, but police also made very clear the attack against their building is an example of the dangers law enforcement officers face every time they show up to work.
“We as a community, no matter what the national narrative is, have to say attacks on public safety officials will not be tolerated,” said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams.
Police say someone drove by the building last night just before midnight and started shooting from the street with a high powered rifle.
“Northwest District was basically under attack by a person who is not just threat to public safety, but threat to our community,” said Adams.
The building was hit multiple times, but no injuries were reported.
Police say the act of aggression against the department is an attempt to divide the community and they promised the suspect will be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Unfortunately, there are no surveillance cameras on the front of the Northwest District headquarters.
Witnesses in the area told officers they saw an SUV drive away at the time of the shooting, but so far police have not given out a better description of the vehicle or the suspect.
Mayor Joe Hogsett released the following statement Wednesday afternoon in regards to the shots fired:
“Last night was another sobering example of the dangers that face the brave men and women of IMPD every single time they put on their uniform to protect and serve this city. It was also a reminder that even as we seek to build bridges between officers and neighborhoods through community policing, there are an unfortunate few who still seek to divide us against ourselves.
Let me be clear: Indianapolis will not tolerate the reckless actions of any individual who directs violence toward our law enforcement officers. They will be found and they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
As federal prosecutor, I saw first-hand the sacrifices that police officers and their families make in the name of public service, and I urge Indianapolis to come together and show complete support and appreciation for what IMPD does each and every day.”
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).