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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 22, 2015) — Metro Police say they’re searching for two suspects who fired shots at officers during a chase on the southeast side. No one was hurt, but police say one bullet hit a squad car while another bullet hit a near-by apartment, just narrowly missing a young child inside.

The chase started around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after officers were called to to the 2500 block of Appleton Terrace on a report of a man with a gun. When they got there, police say the suspect took-off, eventually speeding into a residential apartment complex and through a grassy knoll in the 1500 block of Renton Street.

Police say, when officers cornered the suspects, a driver and passenger began firing shots at officers through the back windshield of the car, then continued to shoot as they both ran away on foot. Police say it’s not clear if one person or both suspects were firing a weapon.

IMPD spokesperson Officer Chris Wilburn says they believe about nine rounds were fired towards officers.

“They fired at police and that’s where the problem begins,” Wilburn said.

“Nine officers have been fatally shot this year alone and we still haven’t gotten to the end of this year,” he said.

“We face people who are violent. We are some of the most highly trained police officers in the state. But this is really, really serious that we have individuals firing at an officers,” Wilburn said.

Wilburn says officers drew their weapons but did not fire back because they didn’t have a clear shot with the apartments near-by.

IMPD SWAT, K-9 and Tactical Air units searched for the suspects all Tuesday night. The perimeter was released after an extensive search. The suspect’s car was processed by the Marion County Forensic Service Agency.

No word on any suspect descriptions at this time.