INDIANAPOLIS – Metro police are investigating after an attempted traffic stop turned into a police pursuit in which an officer fired their weapon.

Police say the officer and the suspect were both transported to area hospitals for minor injuries not related to the gunshot.

Police say it happened around 11:30 p.m. when the officer attempted to conduct a DUI traffic stop on a suspected drunk driver at the intersection of East Washington Street and North Emerson Avenue.

The vehicle, described as a brown pickup truck fled from the officer and led them on a short pursuit that ended in the 700 block of North Bancroft Street.

The driver then rammed the officer’s vehicle causing significant damage to the car with the officer inside the vehicle.


The office gave verbal commands to the driver as they were exiting the vehicle. At some point, the officer fired their gun, police said.

The suspect took off from the officer and led them on a foot pursuit. During the pursuit, the officer gave additional commands and deployed their taser, police said.

Police say the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

IMPD’s Critical Incident Response Team responded to the scene to conduct the criminal investigation. Police say detectives would be placing the suspect under arrest.

The Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency is assisting with the investigation, according to police. Detectives are investigating multiple locations for evidence.

A separate administrative investigation is being conducted by IMPD Internal Affairs.

The officer who fired their gun has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure following an officer involved shooting.

The civilian-majority Use of Force Review Board will conduct a mandatory hearing after the criminal investigation concludes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Chris Winter at 317-327-3475 or by e-mail at  They can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously aft 317-262-TIPS.