Shots fired at IMPD officers in unmarked vehicle; suspect in custody
INDIANAPOLIS — Two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers patrolling in an unmarked vehicle were fired upon. No one was injured in the incident. One suspect is in custody.
It happened shortly before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of E. 34th St. and Emerson Ave. on the city’s east side. A person emerged from what police say is a drug house and fired shots at the officers, according to investigators at the scene.
“(The officers) were monitoring a known drug house. While officers were sitting in an unmarked IMPD vehicle, one subject exited the known drug house and opened fire on our officers while they were sitting inside the vehicle,” said Major Richard Riddle with IMPD.
The suspect then jumped into an SUV and led police on a short chase. The suspect was apprehended a short distance away by a K-9 police dog. Police identified him Thursday afternoon as 21-year-old Frederick Loggins.
“Our K-9 officers were requested to the scene and our SWAT team assisted our K-9 officers with a search of the neighborhood for the suspect. Our suspect was found hiding,” Riddle said.
Loggins has outstanding warrants for dealing cocaine and unlawful possession of a handgun, according to IMPD. Police said detectives would seek additional charges, including attempted murder when presenting the case to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
It’s unclear if the officers were targeted since they were driving in an unmarked vehicle, according to police. A bullet grazed the passenger door on the vehicle and a bullet hole was visible on the back bumper.
SWAT units surrounded the house and three people inside exited peacefully. They are being detained to determine if they were involved in the shots fired incident.
This is the second time in the past week that suspects have fired shots at IMPD officers and it is part of a dangerous trend. Last year alone, IMPD says nearly 700 of their officers were assaulted.
“Unfortunately what might seem to be common now…we should hold as being completely uncommon and not acceptable,” said FOP President Rick Snyder.