INDIANAPOLIS — A man was killed in a shooting incident involving SWAT officers Sunday after police say he took his girlfriend hostage inside a residence on the city’s west side.
Indianapolis Metropolitan police officers were called around 10:45 a.m. to the 500 block of S. Holt Road on report of a domestic disturbance with a weapon.
Upon arrival to the house, which is near the intersection of S. Holt Road and W. Washington Street, officers went inside and made contact with a male suspect barricaded inside a bedroom. IMPD officers determined the man was holding a female, later identified as his girlfriend, hostage inside the room.
SWAT officers and medics were called to the scene as IMPD officers began speaking with the suspect, attempting to get him out of the room. The suspect, IMPD Sgt. Genae Cook said on scene, told officers he had a weapon and did not want to come out.
The suspect remained inside the bedroom and would not come out when SWAT crews arrived. IMPD said a gunshot was then heard from inside the bedroom and, to protect the hostage’s safety, SWAT officers immediately made entry.
4 officers then shot their police-issued guns at the suspect, IMPD confirmed. Simultaneously, officers grabbed the female hostage and took her to a safe place outside the residence.
SWAT medics on scene immediately went into the bedroom to give the suspect medical attention, police said. He was later pronounced dead on scene. The man has been identified by the Marion County Coroner’s Office as Thomas Talley, 40.
A search of the bedroom by IMPD forensic teams revealed multiple weapons inside, including a handgun, machete and knife. Police provided photos of the evidence gathered, pictured below.
All of the officers involved were wearing body cameras during the incident and the cameras were all activated, IMPD confirmed Sunday. That footage, Cook said, is currently being uploaded for further review.
Additionally, all 4 officers directly involved in the shooting have been placed on immediate administrative leave, as is standard procedure IMPD said. It is currently unclear whether the officers were directly shot at, as IMPD said the investigation is ongoing, but no officers or other people involved were injured or shot.
A citizen review board will conduct it’s own investigation into the shooting, IMPD said, to review the police use of deadly force. An autopsy will be conducted on the deceased suspect by the Marion County Coroner’s office, who will then determine an exact cause of death.
While not much more information is immediately available in the early days of IMPD’s investigation, Sgt. Cook did say on scene Sunday that officers in the area have been called to the same residence multiple times in the past for disturbances.