Man badly wounded in Indianapolis police shooting

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police officers shot a man early Saturday after he refused orders to drop a rifle, authorities said.

The wounded man, later identified as 19-year-old Isaiah Batteast was taken to a hospital in critical condition while a juvenile with him wasn’t wounded in the shooting about 3 a.m., city police spokeswoman Sgt. Grace Sibley said.

The shooting happened on the city’s south side as officers were searching for two males reportedly involved in an attempted carjacking.

Officers spotted Batteast and a juvenile walking along a road about a half mile away, with the man seen carrying a rifle, Sibley said. Officers fired after he didn’t drop the rifle, she said. The juvenile followed commands from officers and was taken into custody.

Batteast was last listed in critical condition. He will be placed under arrest for preliminary charges of attempted robbery and carrying a handgun without a license. The juvenile is not under arrest as of the time of this report.

No officers were injured in the confrontation, Sibley said.

The department’s Critical Incident Response Team and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the shooting, she said.

The department released the following preliminary timeline from the shooting:


  • 2:54 a.m.- Southeast District Officers are dispatched to an attempted carjacking. The victim states that two unknown males attempted to take his vehicle at gunpoint. They were not successful and the victim drove to the intersection of Wedgewood Drive and Lacy Drive to wait for officers.
  • 2:57 a.m.- Reporting officers (Field Training Officer and Probationary Officer) arrive on scene with victim.
  • 3:06 a.m.– Reporting officers order Evidence Technician to the scene for evidence collection.
  • 3:10 a.m.- Reporting officers ask control to page a robbery detective for investigatory response.
  • 3:33 a.m.- Responding officers (Field Training Officer and Probationary Officer) advise that they have two males matching the given suspect description. Male #1 has a rifle and is not complying with commands to put it down.
  • Additional Units begin to back on to the call and respond.
  • Officers fired their weapons at the male, striking and effectively disarming him.
  • Male #2, a juvenile, complied with officer commands and was taken into custody without incident.
  • IEMS medics arrived and transported Male #1 to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.
  • Male #2 is transported to the Robbery Office.
  • Notifications of OIS sent out to command staff.
  • MECA Communications Van, Police Officer Support Team (POST) and Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency (Crime Lab) are requested to the scene, per standard operating procedure.
  • Detectives respond to the hospital and scene for investigation.
  • 7:37 a.m.- Incident command terminated.
  • Crime Scene released.

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