Metro Officer shot, suspect killed following traffic stop

INDIANAPOLIS — An IMPD officer is in stable condition after being shot during a gun battle.

According to a Metro Police spokesperson, an officer was conducting a traffic stop at East 36th Street and Sherman Drive around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday. An IMPD police report identified the officer as Bryan Zotz.

According to the report, the officer tried to remove the driver from the vehicle due to a suspended license. The driver then pulled out a gun resulting in a struggle over the firearm.

Shots were then fired, fatally wounding the driver and injuring Zotz in the lower arm and wrist.

Four other people were in the car. Two of the four were wounded with non-life threatening injuries to the leg. They were transported to Wishard Hospital.

The one remaining occupant of the vehicle was not injured and is being detained by police for questioning.

The identity of the suspect fatally wounded by officers is not being released until family members can be notified.

More information about the shooting will be released Wednesday by Metro Police.

This is an active investigation and detectives urge anyone with information reference this incident to call the IMPD at 317.327.3475 or CRIME STOPPERS at 317.262.TIPS (8477).

Callers can also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274627(CRIMES).