INDIANAPOLIS — A man is in critical condition following an officer-involved shooting in Lawrence.
That shooting took place early Monday morning outside a business on Pendleton Pike.
Just before 2 a.m., Lawrence police claim a fight inside Mar Y Sol Bar and Grill escalated to gunfire despite the intervention of security both inside and outside the business.
Police are still investigating exactly what led up to the disturbance but say it quickly spilled into the parking lot.
“The security and staff were pushing the people involved in the disturbance to the outside parking lot when one of the individuals started firing a handgun. That drew a response from our officers,” said Lawrence deputy chief Gary Woodruff.
Deputy chief Woodruff says two of his officers were working off duty in the parking lot, when one of the officers returned fire and hit the suspected gunman.
“Our officers upon hearing and possibly seeing the gunfire, they responded decisively,” said Woodruff.
Police describe the business as a popular entertainment spot, especially on Sunday nights, so it’s not uncommon for police to work off-duty security during larger events.
While the investigation into the shooting remains active, Woodruff insists the officers did their job responding to a dangerous situation.
“The officers were hired as a deterrent, but if they have to respond to a disturbance, they will and they did,” said Woodruff.
Neither of the two officers on scene were injured during the shooting.
The officer who pulled the trigger has been placed on routine administrative duty while the case is investigated.