Family thanks IMPD after fatal weekend shooting, says officers saved lives

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INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 24, 2015) – The parents of a man fatally shot over the weekend by police thanked the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for saving their lives.

The parents of 51-year-old Kent Norman were released from the hospital Monday after suffering cuts, bruises and head injuries during the dispute, according to our media partners at the IndyStar.

Kent Norman

Kent Norman

Norman held a knife to his mother’s throat. His parents aren’t sure why he became so enraged Saturday. Police said they shot Norman after he refused repeated commands to drop the knife.

His family issued the following statement Monday night, saying the actions of IMPD officers saved their lives:

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the two IMPD officers who courageously entered the house under dangerous conditions and engaged the armed individual. Despite attempts to get the family member to drop the weapon, he would not do so, resulting in the tragic outcome. However, due to the heroic and quick actions of these officers, lives were saved.

“The loss of our family member, who had a troubled history of emotional problems, was very tragic. We would like to express our appreciation for the services of the entire Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the responding officers, and Victim Assistance personnel.”

The shooting remains under investigation, IMPD said. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in such cases.