INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– An officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has been released from Wishard Memorial Hospital after he was shot in the leg on the city’s east side early Tuesday morning.
The shooting happened around 12:25 a.m. in the area of 21st and Ritter. Officers were responding to a disturbance call at Greenway Apartments regarding two men shooting at each other.
When they arrived on scene, police only saw one suspect with a gun and ordered him to drop it. The man refused to drop the gun; that’s when shots were exchanged and ended with the officer and the suspect shot. Both the officer and suspect were transported to Wishard Hospital.
IMPD identified its officer as Gregory Stevens, a veteran of four years with the police department and three tours of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps.
“I can’t wait to return to full duty status to get back out on the streets with my fellow officers,” Stevens said in a statement.
Stevens is expected to make a full recovery.
“He’s one of those conscientious officers who said, you know, I did my job, I was doing my job, I was out there doing what the public asked me to do. At the same time, he’s ready to get back out there,” said Chief Rick Hite.
Along with the officer’s identity, police also released the name of the suspect. Investigators said Charles Williams, 22, of Gary, shot Officer Stevens.
Williams is listed in fair condition at Wishard Memorial Hospital and will face preliminary charges of attempted murder and carrying a handgun without a license once he’s released from treatment, police said.
“The good guy is going okay, the bad guy is going to go to jail later today, so that’s the good news,” said Public Safety Director Troy Riggs.
This is the second police-involved shooting in less than a week. Officer Rod Bradway was shot and killed early Friday morning on the city’s northwest side.