NOBLESVILLE – Investigators say a man critically injured during a police action shooting on Saturday wanted officers to kill him.
Noblesville police identified the man as 27-year-old Taylor Bell. According to investigators, Bell called Hamilton County dispatchers just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday to say he had a gun and was going to set himself up to be killed by police.
Just before 10 p.m., officers located Bell at a parking lot near Riverview Hospital, and police began negotiating with him. During the talks, police said Bell drew a pistol and waved it at the ground. Noblesville police at first tried using beanbag rounds to subdue him. Around 10:30 p.m., Bell tried to get away and officers deployed Tasers, which were ineffective.
After that, police said Bell raised his gun and pointed it at police, prompting three officers to open fire. Three rounds were fired; Bell was hit twice. Officers administered first aid until medics arrived, and Bell was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he remains in critical condition.
Further investigation found that Bell’s pistol was a Beretta Airsoft gun that fires plastic pellets.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said a 4-door, light-colored Ford sedan and a black Mitsubishi Eclipse were spotted near the location and may have witnessed the shooting. Those cars were parked in the east parking lot of Riverview Hospital near the surgery center.
Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or what led up to it to contact them at 317-776-9887.
Police said the investigation will be submitted to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s office once completed.