INDIANPOLIS, Ind. – Police across the city are on high alert, as investigators try to track down who shot up IMPD’s northwest district headquarters Tuesday night near 38th Street and Guion Road.
Luckily, nobody was hurt in the barrage of bullets.
But Wednesday, city leadership, from the mayor to the police chief, called the attack a heinous act, vowing to find out who did it.
“This is intolerable. This is inexcusable. It is an attack on our city, on all of our neighborhoods, our community, and an attack on our police,” said Dr. David Hampton, Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood Engagement.
“If someone brazenly attacks a law enforcement facility, they are capable of attacking anything, anywhere, anytime,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.
The bullets flew around 11 p.m. on Tuesday night, hitting the building and three cars. We counted at least a dozen bullet holes left behind.
“We have a violent individual or individuals on the loose in the great city of Indianapolis,” said IMPD Police Chief Troy Riggs.
Being late at night, just one officer was at the office. Thankfully, that officer wasn’t hurt. Riggs acknowledged had the attack occurred at an earlier time, the outcome could’ve been different.
“At a different time, there was potential for death,” he said.
“It’s an attack on what our officers represent, which is civility and order in our community,” said Rick Snyder, FOP President, “Our officers are obviously bothered by this. They are troubled by it.”
Witnesses reported seeing an SUV drive away at the time.
Wednesday afternoon police announced an incident commander will lead the special investigation.
“This is another threshold, and we have to be aware,” said Riggs.
Riggs points to an alarming incident back in July, where a man, retaliating against an officer that arrested him, fired 17 shots into an officer’s home, fence, and patrol car. The officer and his family weren’t hurt.
Authorities believe aggressive IMPD policing this year, like new narcotics teams district-wide, is also taking more illegal drug money and weapons off the streets and turning up the heat on criminals.
“If you look at some of our recent arrests and some of the sweeps we’ve done recently, most of that information that’s been obtained has come from the public,” Riggs said.
Police are now turning to the public in this case, hoping to prevent more violence against their own, or one of us.
“We truly believe someone in this community knows who’s responsible for this, and we’re asking for the community’s help in locating that person before they attack another police station or someone in our community,” Riggs said.
Police don’t have much information about a suspect description or the getaway vehicle. Unfortunately the front of the northwest district does not have surveillance cameras.
You’re asked to call Crimestoppers at (317) 262-TIPS with information.