IMPD officer suffers broken nose answering call

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An IMPD officer is recovering after suffering a broken nose while responding to a call.

The incident happened near 38th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Drive Thursday.

According to officials, the armed suspect asked an elderly woman for a battery jump. When the woman went to get her cables out of the trunk, the 16-year-old stole her car.

The officer pulled the car over a short time later and a scuffle ensued. The teen broke the officer’s nose.

A nearby K9 unit was able to apprehend the teen.

“He was given several orders to comply with the officers orders which was to surrender. Officers knowing that he had a hand gun, the dog went in and secured the suspect for us,” said Officer Chris Bailey.

A gun was found near a tree in the park. The teen now faces charges for stealing a car, resisting law enforcement and carrying a handgun without a license.

The officer is expected to recover.