Man killed, trooper hurt in gunfight at Indiana apartments
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Undercover police chasing a suspect through an Indianapolis apartment complex fatally shot the man in an exchange of gunfire Thursday in which an Indiana State Police officer was shot in the hand, authorities said.
The man was under surveillance by undercover officers when they began chasing him at an apartment complex on the city’s northwest side, state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Myers told reporters.
“During the foot chase, the suspect leapt over a privacy fence. A trooper went over after him, gunshots erupted, and the suspect was hit and killed at the scene,” Myers said.
The suspect brandished a weapon at officers, but no shots were fired until the suspect and the officer went over the fence, Myers said.
The wounded officer was taken to a hospital for treatment and was expected to recover, Myers said.
The names of the suspect and the wounded officer were not immediately released.
It wasn’t immediately clear why the man was under investigation, Myers said.
Investigators recovered a gun at the scene, Myers said.
Aisha Williams, who lives in a nearby apartment complex, told The Indianapolis Star she heard someone yell, “Get on the ground!” Williams then opened her door and saw an officer chasing someone, she said. She then heard about five gunshots.
It’s the second police-action shooting involving a state trooper in less than a week.