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IMPD sergeant likely saves burglary suspect’s life by applying tourniquet

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A sergeant with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is being praised for his quick actions that likely saved the life of a would-be burglar.

Sgt. David Kinsey was one of the officers that were called to the LE Meyers Company on the south side early Sunday morning to investigate an alarm that had been tripped.

When the officers arrived, they spotted the suspect, Christopher Whitis, 30, in the parking lot and he reportedly took off on foot. Police say the suspect then climbed and got caught on a barbed wire fence, fell off and continued to run into the woods.

A perimeter was established and Whitis was soon apprehended, but he had suffered a major laceration to his right leg and was losing a significant amount of blood.

As the officers waited on EMS and fire officials to arrive, Sgt. Kinsey applied a tourniquet to Whitis’s injured leg, which police say likely saved his life.

The suspect was taken to Eskenazi Hospital for his wound. He was eventually arrested and transported to the Marion County Detention Center, where he was charged with burglary and criminal trespassing.