Indianapolis police: Man critical after being shot by officers following carjacking, chase
Update: The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department identified the officers who fired shots as 6-year veteran Officer David Yohe and 5-year veteran Officer Donovan Hankins.
Update: Indianapolis police on Thursday identified the suspect as 33-year-old Michael Barnes. He was arrested on a violation of probation warrant out of Grant County stemming from a 2018 case, in which he was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of methamphetamine, theft and possession of marijuana. Police said Barnes will be arrested in connection with the carjacking-turned-car chase that occurred Wednesday. The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will determine charges.
Indianapolis police officers shot a man Wednesday at the on-ramp from Kessler Boulevard to the southbound lanes of Interstate 65.
The shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. and the person shot was taken to the hospital in critical condition. No officers were hurt.
The events leading up to the shooting began just after 4 p.m. when Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were dispatched to a crash in the 5600 block of Georgetown Road. Before officers arrived, a passenger in one of the damaged vehicles carjacked a black four-door Chevrolet Impala that was uninvolved in the crash, IMPD said.
The carjacking led to a vehicle pursuit within minutes, police said in a news release, in which the vehicle stopped at the I-65 onramp at Kessler Boulevard. Police approached the Impala at the same time a man exited the vehicle, turning toward officers with a gun in his hand.
Police said two officers made a "split-time" decision and fired their weapons, critically injuring the man. No one else was hurt in the shooting.
Officers applied first-aid until emergency medical services took the man to the hospital in critical condition. He was listed to be in stable condition at around 7 p.m., according to IMPD.
Detectives found a handgun near the carjacking suspect, police said. He was arrested on an unrelated warrant from Grant County and charges in the carjacking are pending the review of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
The officer's body-worn cameras were activated at the time of the shooting, IMPD said. The Marion County Prosecutors Office will assist in the investigation and an investigation will be made by the IMPD Internal Affairs Office, which are standard procedures with officer-involved shootings in Indianapolis.
Investigators would be in the area for quite some time, said Officer William Young, who asked people to avoid the scene. Eastbound 38th Street was closed at 38th Street and Kessler Boulevard. Police asked drivers to find alternate routes and avoid the area.
The suspect involved in this OIS was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.
At this time, Eastbound 38th St. is CLOSED at 38th St. at Kessler Blvd
We ask drivers to find alternate routes and avoid the area. https://t.co/SZYkPh0xOM
— IMPD (@IMPDnews) March 29, 2023
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