INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 6, 2014) – Four Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department SWAT Team officers, accompanying narcotics detectives serving a search warrant, were wounded during a gun battle inside a southeast side house Wednesday.
Andrew Sizemore, 27, was killed when officers say he shot at them as they announced a police raid at his backdoor.
Two officers remain hospitalized with leg and arm wounds. Two other officers were treated for injuries and released.
Detectives confirmed that Sizemore was selling drugs inside the home south of the Fountain Square area and was heavily armed.
A search of the house after the shootout revealed several varieties of narcotics, a dozen guns and suspected stolen merchandise. Police recovered more than $125,000 in cash, 13 firearms and ammunition, heroin and jewelry. They also found numerous electronics, including an iPhone, iPad, an HP notebook computer new and in its box, three Android tablets new in their boxes, a digital camera and an SD memory card.
Detectives remained at the location searching the home and a garage all night.
Investigators tell FOX59 News that the house was ringed with surveillance cameras and Sizemore was watching a live feed of the officers approach when he opened fire.
At least three other people who were in the house at the time of the shooting were taken into custody and questioned by detectives.
Two men who arrived at the home before gunfire broke out told FOX59 News that from the front of the address they could not hear officers identify themselves at the back of the house.
“I pull around front and as soon as I’m getting out of the car, I see a white van pull up,” said one man who didn’t want to be identified because of his own probation status. “Couple guys jump out. I seen another blue van coming down the alley through the field right beside the next door neighbor’s house. As soon as I seen that blue van I said, ‘The jump out boys,’ I go to walk up to the house and I see them come out of the blue van all dressed all in black with ski masks on with guns.”
The driver of the car who called himself Nick confirmed the first witness’ account.
“I seen some people hop out of the white van but I didn’t think they was cops,” he said. “I heard four shots. Eight more shots go off.”
The first witness speculated that Sizemore might have thought he was about to be robbed by unknown assailants.
“I’ll tell you what, because of the cameras, he seen then coming up, you know, dressed all in black, jumping out with some guns, he gonna run out there and try to protect his house.”