INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 3, 2015) -- Three men are arrested following two different police shootings in less than 24 hours in Indianapolis.
The two officers who came under fire, one an IMPD officer and one reserve sheriff`s deputy, are both okay.
The violence started with a brief chase that ended on North Harding when a reserve sheriff’s deputy got into a shoot-out with an armed suspect on Monday afternoon.
Around midnight, in an alley on South East street, an IMPD officer investigating the sound of gunfire tried to stop two suspects and was shot in the wrist following a foot chase.
“It is not acceptable for someone to threaten or harm a police officer,” said local Fraternal Order of Police President Rick Snyder.
“I think it’s an outrage that people would think it’s okay to shoot at police officers,” said Public Safety director David Wantz.
After the shootout with the deputy, police arrested 33-year-old Dennis Green.
Jeff Bingham and Luis Olvera were arrested for allegedly shooting the IMPD officer.
Still, Wantz is concerned by the steady increase in the number of violent conflicts between police and armed suspects.
“When you shoot a police officer you’re shooting a guardian of our society and we should all be outraged about that,” said Wantz.
“We are not going to tolerate our officers being attacked because it’s much bigger than that. It impacts our whole community,” said Snyder.
Snyder points out that in addition to the shootings, officers are assaulted without firearms on a regular basis.
He believes more neighborhood outreach can help by changing how police and public interact.
The sheriff`s deputy did not get hurt during the shootout.
The suspect in that case remains under arrest at the hospital.
The two suspects accused of shooting the IMPD officer are facing a variety of drug and weapons related charges.