Traffic stop leads to officer involved shooting in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 27th 2015) – A routine traffic stop nearly turns deadly in Indianapolis after an IMPD officer shoots an armed passenger.

It happened Monday night near West 30th and Lafayette on the city’s near northwest side when two IMPD officers pulled over a car with two men inside.

One of the officers then noticed the passenger had a handgun and the officer opened fire wounding the armed suspect.

“At this time we can confirm that at least two guns were recovered at the scene,” said IMPD officer Rafael Diaz. “One was recovered inside the vehicle and one was recovered on the suspect that was struck.”

In fact, before being taken the hospital, police claim they found one handgun in the suspects pants and a second loaded gun on the passenger side floorboard.

Police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Deonta Ellis.

It’s not clear whether Ellis ever threatened the officer with the weapon, but only one of the two officers on scene fired a shot.

“Investigators right now are taking officer statements and going over all the details right now,” said Diaz. “We believe the officer that was involved was the only one who fired his weapon, but again we’re still going over all the details of the investigation.”

According to court records, Ellis does have a criminal history of robbery, battery, gang activity and as recently as this year unlawful weapons possession.

Ellis remains in stable condition.

He is expected to be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

Deonta Ellis

Deonta Ellis

The driver of the car, identified as Lavon Washington, 18, Indianapolis, was not arrested, police said. Washington was cooperating with investigators.

The officer who discharged his weapon has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in such cases.