IMPD releases name of officer involved in fatal shooting

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 11, 2016) — Indianapolis Metropolitan police released the name of the officer involved in a fatal shooting last week.

According to IMPD, Patrol Officer Robert Carmichael, a six-year veteran, is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Carmichael is assigned to East District Middle Shift.

Kevin Hicks (photo provided by family)

Kevin Hicks (photo provided by family)

Police said Carmichael was involved in a physical altercation with 44-year-old Kevin Hicks on the night of Tuesday, April 5. During the struggle, witnesses said Carmichael tried to deploy his Taser, but it was batted away. Witnesses then said Hicks may have tried to grab Carmichael’s gun; Carmichael fired, fatally wounding Hicks.

Carmichael was in his squad car when Hicks’ wife pulled up to a Marathon gas station to report that her husband had assaulted her. Police said there is surveillance video from the fight but not the actual shooting.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said Monday that his office wouldn’t release the video. IMPD Chief Troy Riggs pledged to release it once the investigation into the incident was complete.