INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Shots were fired at Indianapolis Metropolitan police officers during a chase, prompting a large search effort early Friday morning that resulted in the capture of three people.
Police set up a perimeter in the area of the Washington Square Mall near Mitthoeffer Road and Washington Street on the east side as they searched for suspects. They eventually apprehended two people near the scene, police said. A third person was taken into custody later in the morning.
According to IMPD, this started as an undercover investigation.
"Around 4:30 a covert investigation that was happening at that time was witness to a felony crime," said Sgt. Kendale Adams with IMPD. "The officers requested the assistance of additional officers and those officers came to the scene along with IMPD responded, attempted to make a traffic stop."
According to Adams, the shots were fired during a short pursuit as police pursued a vehicle. Several people bailed out of the vehicle, prompting police to set up the perimeter. IMPD said multiple agencies were involved in the operation, including IMPD, Indiana State Police and an FBI Task Force.
Police said the suspects were in a stolen van and had stolen property with them at the time of the pursuit. Another suspect was on a stolen Gator utility vehicle. Investigators believe the suspects burglarized a residence and then tried to get away. No one was hurt during the incident, police said.
“It’s one of the most dangerous situations that officers face. Obviously, we were reminded of that yesterday as we dealt with those particular issues," Adams said, referencing Thursday's sentencing of a man convicted of killing an IMPD officer. "So, these particular individuals are dangerous. They are dangerous not only to law enforcement--they are dangerous to our community. We have to use every available resource to apprehend these types of individuals.”
Warren Township Schools are on a two-hour delay due to police activity in the area.