IMPD officer slightly injured by attacking dog, fires weapon in response striking 1 person and canine

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis police were involved in a police-action shooting late Tuesday night on the city’s east side.

Shortly before midnight, police were called to the 100 block of Villa Ave. on a report of a disturbance.

While on the scene, multiple dogs charged at the officers, and one officer fired his gun, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

A dog was shot and declared dead at the scene. 

A person trying to corral the dogs was also shot in the hand. Officers treated the individual, and they were taken to Eskenazi Hospital in good condition, police said. 

IMPD added that the officer who fired their weapon was bit by a dog. They were treated on scene but not taken to the hospital. No one else was injured in the incident. 

“Any time an officer has to discharge a firearm, in particularly in a case where someone is hurt, those can be difficult for the officers to handle, so we’ve got support on scene,” Lt. Shane Foley said from the scene. 

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. 

Police said the officers were wearing body cameras, and they were activated during the incident.

IMPD Internal Affairs is conducting a separate administrative investigation, and the civilian-majority Use of Force Review Board will conduct a mandatory review of this incident after the conclusion of the criminal investigative process. 

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