UPDATED: IMPD detectives have arrested 29-year-old Bryan De La Torre for attempted murder for his alleged role in the incident at a business in the 6000 block of Massachusetts Avenue.
During a search of the building, IMPD located four firearms and numerous fired shell casings. Officers also identified fentanyl contamination inside the building, along with diesel fuel and other legal chemicals.
One individual from inside the building, 28-year-old Jose Lopez, was arrested on an unrelated warrant for possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, dealing marijuana and possession of marijuana.
The other individuals who were previously detained were released pending further investigation.
The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will make the final charging decisions.
INDIANAPOLIS — Police confirmed shots were fired at Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers while attempting to serve a search warrant on Indy’s east side.
Around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, police were executing a search warrant on the east side at a business in the 6000 block of Massachusetts Avenue, close to the Massachusetts Avenue/Arlington Avenue/34th Street intersection.
The search warrant was in connection to an earlier shooting on Wednesday at 21st and Arlington. A man had been shot in the leg and was taken to the hospital in serious condition.
Nearly 6 hours later, just before midnight, police tried to serve a search warrant and came under fire.
“As officers with SWAT were approaching, shots were fired from inside the building. There is no indication any officers fired any shots during this incident,” said IMPD Lt. Shane Foley.
After a perimeter was set up, additional shots were fired from inside the building. Eventually, one man came out and was detained.
As the incident continued, police noticed what appeared to be several people lying on the floor of the business at around 6:30 a.m.
IMPD entered the building and found three people inside. A man and woman were able to walk out on their own, while another man was carried out by police. That man was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
When police went into the building, there was reportedly a strong smell of irritants. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression High Hazard Team was called in to investigate due to the possibility of the building being used as a meth lab.
“I had no idea anything like this was going on,” said David Cole.
David Cole owns the property and runs a family business called Golden Rule Auto Sales. He rented space to a diesel mechanic where the shooting took place.
While police could not confirm if there actually was a meth lab on the property, David insists he would never tolerate drug use or violence from any of his tenants.
He says the incident had nothing to do with his business.
“I don’t allow drugs here on this property. If I know anything like that is going on, they’re out of here,” said Cole. “It’s as much a surprise to me as anybody else. I had no idea.”
IMPD detained 4 people for questioning. All the people detained were checked out by medics and are expected to be okay.
No officers were hurt in the shooting.
Police are confident the person responsible for shooting at officers is in custody and there’s no ongoing threat to the community.
The Indiana State Police, Carmel Police Department, Fishers Police Department and Lawrence Police Department tactical teams responded to assist with this incident.
Arrests will likely be announced at a later date.