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IMPD officers shoot man accused of charging at them with knife during domestic disturbance

IMPD officers shoot man accused of charging at them with knife during domestic disturbance


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Police officers shot and critically injured a man after he was accused of charging at them with a knife Monday morning on the east side of Indianapolis. 

Just before 5 a.m., officers responded to the first block of South Colorado Avenue in connection with a domestic disturbance involving a man with a knife and a woman, Indianapolis Metro Police Department public information officer William Young said.

Dispatchers told police “the level of violence was escalating.” Young said dispatchers told officers they could hear the man saying he was going to kill the woman.

When officers arrived they could hear the disturbance outside the home. Officers announced themselves and were confronted by a man, Young said.

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“The man charged at officers with the knife in an aggressive manner,” Young said.

Two officers fired their weapons and the man was shot by one of them. It’s unclear where the man was shot or how many times.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Randal Taylor said Monday he believes officers responded appropriately.

“This is unfortunately another domestic case,” Taylor said. “Which is unfortunate because we’ve had a number of those lately.”

Multiple officers wore body cameras that were activated at the time of the incident. Taylor said the department plans to release the footage.

“There will be discussions with the prosecutor’s office prior to (the release), but that is the goal,” he said.

Medics responded and the man was taken to Eskenazi Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

At least three other people where inside the home at the time of the incident. No other injuries were reported.

IMPD is conducting an administrative investigation by the department’s internal affairs unit. The two officers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave, Young said, which is standard procedure when officers fire their weapons.

This story will be updated.

IndyStar reporter Natalia Contreras can be reached at 317-518-2829 or Follow her on Twitter, @NataliaECG.

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Published at Mon, 31 May 2021 14:57:33 +0000