IMPD officer released from hospital after gun discharged during struggle with man having mental crisis

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INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis police officer was released from the hospital Sunday after suffering minor injuries when their gun discharged during a struggle with a man having a mental crisis, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Just before 2 a.m., IMPD responded to the 6500 block of Knobstone Way for the welfare check of a person.

Police say a man was suffering from a mental crisis and having suicidal thoughts when officers arrived on scene. The officers used their mental health and de-escalation training while speaking with him.

While waiting for an ambulance to take the man to the hospital for evaluation, he unprovoked lunged at the officer and grabbed the officer’s gun, which was holstered, according to IMPD. The police department says that during a struggle for the gun, it discharged and injured the man’s finger and the officer’s leg.

The man fled on foot but was apprehended by assisting officers.

IMPD noted that the fired round did not penetrate the officer’s skin. Both the officer and the suspect were taken to the hospital, and the officer is now at home with family.

Police say as of Sunday morning, the suspect was still in the hospital. He was preliminarily charged with battery on a police officer, criminal recklessness, disarming a law enforcement officer and resisting law enforcement. 

Two women who emerged from the house listed in the IMPD report refused comment on Sunday beyond saying that they were the “best two witnesses” to the incident while expressing their relief that “everyone is gonna be okay.”

The officer was equipped with a body-warn camera at the time of the incident, according to police.

IMPD Internal Affairs will conduct a separate administrative investigation. As is standard, the officer whose weapon was discharged has been placed on administrative leave. 

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