Teens taken into custody after shots fired near officers at north side roll call

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – IMPD officers who gathered in the parking lot of the North District headquarters reported several gunshots fired near them late Wednesday.

The incident unfolded just after 11 p.m. in the 3100 block of E. 30th St. After hearing the gunfire, the officers began looking for the source--a search that quickly widened to include SWAT officers, two overhead drones, K9 police dogs and a tight perimeter surrounding the roll call site.

Police arrested four 17-year-olds on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement. Investigators said a gun recovered at the scene had been reported stolen. The investigation revealed the teens were not shooting at the officers, police said, and more charges could be forthcoming.

“So it was shortly after 11 p.m. that officers were in the parking lot of the North District roll call when they heard shots fired,” said Officer Jim Gillespie with IMPD. “It sounded extremely close, and there were numerous shots that were fired. As soon as the fire stopped, they began searching for suspects.”

That search resulted in the four arrests. Gillespie said no one was hurt during the incident.

“Right now we haven’t observed any damage, and there were no injuries in this incident, thankfully,” Gillespie said. “It was just a very volatile situation for those officers on the lot and we’re very grateful none of them were hit.”

The case recalled an incident last year—Oct. 4, 2016—when shots were fired at IMPD’s Northwest District headquarters. A week later, on Oct. 13, 2016, someone shot at the North District headquarters--the same location at the center of Wednesday's search. Police made an arrest in connection with both cases; the suspect was also charged in connection with a murder in Zionsville.

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