Witness recalls hearing east side officer shooting

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Shortly after a police officer was shot on the east side of Indianapolis, a witness recalled hearing all the gunfire to Fox 59 News.

Keyia Thruston said she was in her kitchen shortly after midnight when she first heard the commotion.

“The first shots were like ‘Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow!” Thruston said.  “Then I came back out [of] the house and then I heard another, ‘Pow! Pow! Pow!’ Some shots like that and then I saw sirens.”

“From that point,” she said of the police response, “it looked like Christmas in September.”

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said Officer Gregory Stevens was responding to a disturbance call at the Greenway Apartments off 21st Street and Ritter Avenue when the call changed to a report of shots being fired between two men.

Police said one of the men, Charles Williams, 22, of Gary, was on scene when Stevens arrived.  Stevens ordered Williams to put his gun down and they exchanged gunfire after Williams refused, police said.

“I don’t like it! This needs to stop,” Thruston said.  “We just had this.  We need to pray.  We need to pray.”

Officer Stevens has been released from Wishard Memorial Hospital after being treated for his wound.  Williams is in fair condition and will face preliminary charges of attempted murder, among other crimes, police said.

On Friday, IMPD Officer Rod Bradway was shot and killed in the line of duty on the city’s northwest side.  Bradway’s funeral is set for Thursday.