INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer was in the right place at the right time early Thursday--witnessing a fight between a gas station customer and the suspect who attacked and shot him.
The drama unfolded shortly after 1 a.m. at the BP gas station at Raymond and Shelby St. on the city's southeast side. A man pumping gas was approached from behind by a male suspect who put a gun to the back of the customer's head, according to police investigators.
The customer attempted to run but was caught by the suspect. They began fighting and both men fell to the ground, according to police. The 24-year-old suspect's gun discharged and the victim suffered a graze wound to his armpit area.
“That victim of the shooting indicated that the other male, that he was fighting with, actually tried to rob him as he pulled up to the gas pump to get gas," said Major Richard Riddle with IMPD. "From what we can tell, based on the surveillance footage here at the gas station, and our victim’s statement is, that our suspect approached our victim from the backside of the gas station, came from the darkness, had a gun extended towards his victim as he got out of his truck, the truck that you see behind me.”
An IMPD officer patrolling nearby witnessed the struggle and intervened. She was able to subdue the suspect and take him into custody.
“As she pulled her car into the parking lot, she heard one shot fired, and was able to take two people into custody as she tried to determine exactly what was going on," Riddle said. "Once she took the two males into custody, it became very apparent that one of the males had been shot in his side. Luckily it was just a superficial wound."
The gunshot victim was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in good condition. The suspect also went to the hospital for minor injuries, Riddle said. Police recovered a handgun at the scene.