Indianapolis native to receive LAPD Purple Heart

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An Indianapolis man wounded during one of the most spectacular police shootouts in American history will receive a big award later this week.

Martin Whitfield is a retired California cop who was wounded in the line of duty in the North Hollywood Shootout.

In 1997, two heavily armed bank robbers dressed in body armor fired hundreds of rounds, wounding nine police officers and three civilians.

Whitfield, an Indianapolis native, was on-duty that day and was shot four times.

“I know a lot of the training I went through, my military background helped me stay cool headed but when it came down to it, the last thing I did was open my mouth and pray,” said Whitfield.

The robbers were killed in that shootout.

Whitfield will receive the LAPD Purple Heart for his wounds.

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