Officer shot during traffic stop released from hospital

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Update (3:16 p.m.): IMPD says Officer Zotz has been released from the hospital.

INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer shot earlier this week is expected to be released from the hospital Thursday and is recuperating nicely, according to IMPD.

Officer Bryan Zotz was shot in the arm during a Tuesday night traffic stop that ended in the death of 24-year-old William Morris. According to police, Zotz had pulled over the SUV Morris was riding in. When the driver said he didn’t have a license, police ordered everyone out of the vehicle.

Officers said Morris, who was in the backseat, reached between his feet for a gun. A struggle between Zotz and Morris ensued. Zotz was shot in arm; Morris died after Zotz and another officer opened fire.

During a news conference Wednesday, IMPD said officers gave Morris repeated verbal commands to put the weapon down. Two other passengers in the SUV were wounded in the exchange.

Zotz was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in good condition.

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