IMPD: Man shoots self during struggle with officers

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A man is in critical condition after shooting himself during a struggle with police on Indy’s near southwest side, IMPD tells us.

According to IMPD, two officers were on active patrol at 3 a.m. in the 2000 block of South White River Parkway West Drive when they found two people who appeared to be sleeping in a car. So the officers self-initiated an investigation.

Police say officers tried to talk to the driver to determine his identity. According to officers, during the investigation the driver of the car was “not acting right” and became combative. He got out of the car and started to struggle with officers. During that struggle, the man apparently shot himself with his own gun. Neither of the officers fired their weapons, and they were not injured.

The man was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

“The investigation is very early on. The facts could change as the investigation continues, but that’s what we have. All we know at this point is that it appears that the person who was in the car during the investigation shot himself with his own gun,” IMPD Officer Michael Hewitt said.

IMPD’s Internal Affairs Unit is conducting an internal investigation to make sure the officers acted in compliance with department policy. The officer involved will be placed on Administrative Leave as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).

We will update this story when more information becomes available.