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Indianapolis police identify 3 officers involved in May 14 fatal shooting

Indianapolis police identify 3 officers involved in May 14 fatal shooting


Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department shot and killed a man on Friday, May 14, 2021, after they say he pointed a gun at them. Indianapolis Star

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department released the names of three officers involved in a May 14 fatal shooting of a man who officials say pointed a gun at police.

IMPD identified the officers as Joel Cain, Patrick Scott and Marco Zaragoza. All three have been on the force for four years.

Cain, Scott and Zaragoza responded to a report of a suicidal person at the Autumn Trails Apartments complex on the city’s northeast side. Officials allege the person fired a gun in the air before police arrived. 

The three officers found the man, later identified as Monolito Ford, a few blocks into the property in the 7800 block of Red Mill Drive. Police said Ford had a gun and began to walk quickly toward the officers.


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Ford continued to walk toward the officers and raised the gun in their direction, IMPD said. The three officers then fired their guns.

Police said the officers provided first aid on Ford until EMS arrived. He died at Eskenazi Hospital.

IMPD said the incident is under investigation by its Critical Incident Response Team, with assistance from the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and Forensic Services Agency “to ensure a fair and thorough investigation.”

The department’s Internal Affairs Unit has also launched a separate investigation to “ensure compliance with departmental policy,” a standard procedure in police shootings.

Contact Sarah Nelson at or 317-503-7514. 

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Published at Fri, 28 May 2021 21:10:41 +0000