Officer-involved shooting leaves man dead on Indy’s northeast side

Scene of officer-involved shooting on Indy's northeast side

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A man was killed in an officer-involved shooting on the city’s northeast side Friday evening.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office has identified the man as 45-year-old Deshon Downing, of Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says Downing was shot and killed near the intersection of 42nd Street and Richelieu Road.

Around 8 p.m. Friday, IMPD says East District Flex Team officers were in the area of 42nd and Brentwood “conducting surveillance around criminal activity.” Based on their observation, police say an officer conducted a traffic stop in the 8500 block of E. 42nd Street.

During the course of the traffic stop, a witnessing officer says the passenger, now identified as Denning, produced a gun and officers responded by firing upon the passenger, killing him.

The driver of the van was taken into custody and is cooperating with investigators.

Major Kendale Adams says a gun was recovered from the scene.

According to IMPD, there will be both a criminal and a parallel administrative investigation to determine compliance with department policy and state law. No body cam footage is available because IMPD says Flex Team officers aren’t part of the program.

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