Officer involved shooting shakes up an east Indianapolis neighborhood

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 21, 2015) -- A peaceful east side neighborhood suddenly becomes the backdrop for a dramatic story involving police officers shooting a man in self-defense. It happened just after 4 p.m. at a home in the 1800 block of Heather Circle.

"We handle every investigation as we would investigations that occur that are not police related," said Officer Christopher Wilburn with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

This investigation surrounds a call to 911, described as an open-line call in which dispatchers heard threats being made to someone. Police officers were sent to the home to check things out and that's when they came in contact with a man who was inside holding a knife. There were repeated demands for the man to drop it.

"But he did not. Came toward the officers and they were forced to use their department issued guns and fire at him," Wilburn said.

Neighbors say an older couple and their son live in the home, though it's not known if it was the son who was shot and killed or someone else. Still, it's shocking to those who know that family.

"Quiet, keep their property up, keep to themselves, no trouble," said Clint Harris. "We've been here about a year now, they came over and welcomed us to the neighborhood."

Other neighbors, like James Vanover, are in disbelief.

"I never heard any commotions at all in this neighborhood," he said.

The other people in the home were not hurt, no officers were hurt either. The two involved are on administrative leave during this investigation.