IMPD officer injured after chasing suspect through sewage

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An officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was injured after chasing a suspect through sewage during a foot pursuit Wednesday night.

According to the police report, another officer observed 31-year-old Donald Murdock, of Plainfield, loitering in the 9000 block of Pinehurst Drive. The officer reported he told Murdock several times to leave the area, which is known to be a prevalent location for prostitution and narcotics use.

As the officer approached Murdock, authorities said he took off running. Another officer arrived to the scene to assist in apprehending Murdock, who jumped into a sewage runoff located at a nearby apartment complex.

The assisting officer jumped into the sewage and grabbed Murdock, but according to the report, the suspect violently pulled away from the officer, knocking him back into the sewage. The officer was able to discharge pepper spray into Murdock’s face, but he continued to flee, stated the report.

Murdock was later apprehended by the officer, who injured his knee in the chase. He was transported to IU Methodist Hospital for evaluation.

Murdock was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement.

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