East side domestic disturbance leads to officer-involved shooting, suspect in critical condition

Indianapolis Area Crime

INDIANAPOLIS–The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) is investigating an officer-involved shooting on the city’s east side.

IMPD said just before 5 a.m. Monday, a domestic disturbance was reported between male and female with a knife involved near Colorado Ave. and E. Washington St.

Dispatchers reported the level of violence was escalating as the man could be heard telling the woman was going to kill her. IMPD said officers arrived and indicated they heard a female screaming inside of the residence.

Officers made clear and loud announcements identifying themselves as police officers and ordering everyone inside the house to exit. Police entered the home shortly after, and the man — later identified as 35-year-old Curtis Walker — emerged from a room and charged towards one officer with a knife in his hand, according to police.

“Officers were confronted by a male who charged the officers with a knife in a rapid and aggressive manner,” said IMPD Officer William Young.

IMPD said two officers fired shots, and Walker was stuck multiple times. Medics were already on the scene and immediately rendered aid.

Police said the knife was recovered at the scene, and multiple officers had active body cameras.

Other family members were reported to be in the residence. No other injuries were reported, and there were no small children in the home, police said.

The officers involved were placed on administrative leave, per standard procedure.

IMPD Chief Randal Taylor believes that the officers responded appropriately.

“Once again, we see that officers of the IMPD often respond to situations when their lives are put in danger,” said Taylor. “Hopefully the community understands that officers have a difficult job, but they respond well.”

Taylor added that IMPD’s body cams were well worth the investment but said there will be discussions with the prosecutor’s office before releasing footage.

Monday afternoon, IMPD confirmed an officer was taken to a local hospital and has since been released after sustaining “injuries related to a bullet strike to his ballistic vest as a result of crossfire from another IMPD officer.”

Walker was placed under arrest for attempted murder (2 counts), domestic battery with a deadly weapon and battery with a deadly weapon. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will make the final decision on charges.

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