Shots fired at police officer on northwest side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April  8, 2016) – Police are searching for a suspect they say shot at an officer Friday night.

It happened just after 9:00pm on the city’s northwest side in the area of 30th Street and Eagledale Drive.

Police say it began as a road rage incident. The officer was at a gas station at 34th and Georgetown Road for a separate investigation.

While he was there, two cars sped into the gas station apparently chasing each other.  The officer saw a black vehicle apparently chasing a white vehicle, nearly making contact with the bumper of the white vehicle.

The officer took off after the vehicles.

Authorities say the officer had his lights on but couldn’t catch up right away. Near the 4900 block of Patricia Street, the officer saw the driver of the black vehicle intentionally strike the rear bumper of the white vehicle.

The officer tried to initiate a traffic stop, and that’s when a person in the black car pointed a gun out the drivers side window and fired in the direction of the officer’s vehicle.

IMPD says the 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix was located, parked behind a residence in the 4100 block of Red Bird Drive.  Officers found ammunition in the car, police say.  They also found ammunition and an empty holster in the car, and spent shell casings at the intersection where the shots were fired.

Police got a search warrant for the residence before the IMPD SWAT team made entry.  Police say the suspect was not found, but a handgun and other items were recovered.  The Pontiac was towed and will be examined by evidence technicians.

Police have not located the driver of the white vehicle that was struck from behind during the chase.  They are urging that driver to come forward to identify themselves and possibly the person who fired at the officer.

IMPD asks anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS. Tips can be given anonymously.

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