Police identify man killed after standoff at southeast side home

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INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 19, 2013) – Police have identified a man fatally shot following a chase on the southeast side Wednesday.

Police said Duane Slentz, 49, Indianapolis, was acting suspiciously when he encountered a park ranger in Brookside Park Wednesday morning. He was sitting in a black Dodge with expired plates. The ranger described Slentz as evasive under questioning and said he smelled like alcohol. When Slentz was asked to provide identification, police said he drove off.

Police said Slentz led them on a chase that ended at a home in the 3800 block of South Franklin Road. He ran inside the house and told police he had a gun.

Responding officers called the SWAT team and waited for negotiators to arrive. While waiting for negotiators to reach the home, police said officers tried to talk Slentz into surrendering.

Police said he made an “aggressive movement” during the negotiations. An officer shot Slentz through an open window, killing him.

The officer who fired the fatal shot is now on administrative leave pending an investigation. The Firearms Review Board and Internal Affairs will conduct separate investigations.

Police believe Slentz was on probation for operating while under the influence.