By Zach Myers
INDIANAPOLIS - A recently retired IMPD officer found himself fighting crime once again Monday evening, after he says a thief suddenly grabbed his wife's purse and ran from an Indianapolis restaurant.
The retired officer, who did not want to be identified, told Fox59 he and his wife were having dinner Monday evening at Los Rancheros restaurant located at 71st Street and Georgetown Road. He says a man, later identified as 30-year-old Ryan Kilbride, grabbed his wife's purse and ran out the front door.
"I ran after him because we weren't sitting too far from the door," the retired officer told Fox59.
The foot chase went out into the parking lot, where Kilbride jumped into a car that had been left running.
"And the car started toward me and that's when I felt my life was in jeopardy," he said.
As the car was moving toward the retired officer, he says is instinct and training from 32-years on the force kicked in.
"That's when I drew my weapon," he said. "Ordering stop, I'm hollering stop all the way out."
The retired officer says he stepped out of the way of the moving car and fired two shots toward Kilbride, who was behind the wheel.
At first, it seemed that Kilbride had gotten away with the purse as the car traveled northbound on Georgetown Road. But later in the evening, Kilbride showed up at Eskenazi Hospital for treatment to a gunshot wound to the shoulder. One of the two shots fired by the retired officer.
"It's just the time we live in," the former officer told Fox59. "No matter where you go or who you are, you never know when trouble is going to find you."
Although the cash from the purse was never found, police were able to locate other items from the purse. They had apparently been thrown out the window of the car as it left the restaurant.
Ryan Kilbride was treated for his injury and later arrested in a preliminary charge of theft. Detectives were still gathering information before giving the case to the Marion County Prosecutors office for formal charges.