INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — One person is dead after reportedly drowning during a police chase that ended in a retention pond.
The incident happened at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Indianapolis’ west side.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was involved in a pursuit with three male suspects who allegedly burglarized a clubhouse at the Waterfront Terrace Apartments. Police say at least two of the suspects attempted to evade capture, and one of them jumped into a retention pond.
“When the incident happened, it was dark, and so I think that’s also why officers didn’t go into the water. So we’re still trying to figure out if there are cameras or anyone else has anything or if the apartment clubhouse has cameras,” said Officer Aaron Hamer, IMPD.
4:21 AM – #IFD TAC Team 14 assists @IMPDnews at 3510 Kebil Dr. w/ recovery of suspect in retention pond after burglary in progress results in foot chase & suspect jumps into water. Recovered non-viable 15 feet from shore about 6 feet down. pic.twitter.com/zK3fyv6Hqs
— IFD NEWS (@IFD_NEWS) June 29, 2019
The Indianapolis Fire Department was called to assist in apprehending the suspects. At least one person has been pronounced dead after his body was recovered during the water rescue. The second suspect exited the pond and was taken into custody by police, along with a suspect who had hid in some bushes.
Police say if they entered the water officers would’ve put themselves at risk knowing the other suspect was somewhere nearby.
“I think when you consider all the factors, it’s dark, you can’t see anything. And it’s about 40 pounds of total weight that we have, our vest, our gun belt, all of our equipment total… So putting yourself in that danger, I think it’s better to contact IFD who is more equipped for that,” said Hamer.
The other two males were juveniles arrested for burglary.