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Authorities issue warrant for man charged with attempted murder of an IMPD officer

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Mug shot of Michael Swafford

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 10, 2016) – Police issued a warrant for the man suspected of leading police on a chase and shooting at an IMPD officer.

Police say Michael Swafford, 31, has been formally charged with attempted murder and resisting law enforcement.

Swafford is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing approximately 190 pounds.  The suspect should not be approached and should be considered armed and dangerous.  IMPD urges the suspect to peacefully surrender himself to authorities ASAP.

According to officials, officers tried to initiate a traffic stop with Swafford near the intersection of Rural Street and Hoyt Avenue shortly before 4:30 a.m. Swafford fled in his blue Chevy Cavalier, and a chase ensued. Police say the suspect fired shots from his vehicle, and the officer returned fire. Two people got out of the vehicle and ran off.

According to IMPD, one officer was injured, but not from the gunfire. The injuries, described as minor, were the result of flying glass. Officials say the officer, Christopher Maher, is a 14-year veteran of IMPD. He is resting and recuperating at home. Officer Maher has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, as is standard procedure.

On Tuesday evening, police say they found the blue Chevy Cavalier burned in the 3900 block of Emerson Boulevard. Officers identified Swafford as the suspect and issued an arrest warrant on Thursday.

Anyone with information about Swafford’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS.  All information shared Crime Stoppers is considered anonymous.