INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police have both suspects in custody after a Southport officer was struck by a vehicle on the near north side of Indianapolis.
The incident occurred outside Methodist Hospital at 250 West 16th Street around 10:45 a.m. According to officials, the officer was working security at Methodist hospital when he noticed a robbery in the parking lot. He went outside to investigate, and that's when he was struck by the suspects' car. The officer fired several shots at them.
"We are currently working on interviewing witnesses that saw the incident to determine exactly how this went down," said IMPD Officer Jim Gillespie.
The officer was awake and alert when medics arrived, and he suffered injuries to his legs and back. He is a four-year veteran and Captain with the department.
Southport Police Department Chief Thomas Vaughn said at 4:30 p.m. that the officer was at out of the hospital and resting at home. He also thanked everyone for their support.
Police apprehended one suspect around 11:30 a.m.
Officers were following a vehicle when a passenger bailed out and ran. Officers yelled at the suspect to get down on the ground, but the suspect kept running, and jumped a fence. He darted into the intersection near 46th Street and Arlington Avenue, where he ran into a vehicle.
"The car attempted to pull into a driveway very quickly and struck a tree. Occupants of the vehicle fled on foot and officers set up a perimeter and used K-9 units. They were able to apprehend both suspects that fled from the car," said Cpt. Knecht.
K9 officers were called to the scene to assist, and the second suspect was apprehended around 12:40 p.m. Police identified them as Brandon Hayworth, 33, and Christopher Thompson, 29. Both were arrested for unrelated warrants.
This incident comes just a few days after the Southport Police Department laid fellow officer Lt. Aaron Allan to rest.
"Nobody is going to harass us or try and scare us from not doing our job. We are going to be here for the community and southport for as long as they need us," said Officer Gillespie.