Police: Suspect shot after pointing gun at officer

A man ran from police, crashed into four cars in a busy southside intersection and got out pointing a gun at an officer, prompting police to shoot him.

The suspect and four other people were injured in the incident at Shelby Street and Stop 11 Road just after 6 p.m. Monday, Greenwood police assistant chief Matt Fillenwarth said.

The driver crashed into four cars sitting in traffic at the intersection as he ran from an officer, Fillenwarth said. At least two of those drivers or passengers were injured.

Two other people who were passengers in the suspect’s vehicle also were injured, Fillenwarth said.

Police have not released the name of the suspect, the initial reason for the traffic stop or the name of the Greenwood police officer involved in the shooting.

The officer tried to stop a black BMW at Fry Road and State Road 135 on Monday evening. The vehicle didn’t stop and instead drove north, then east on County Line Road.

He crashed into the cars at the Shelby Street/Stop 11 intersection, got out of his vehicle and pointed a gun at the police officer who was trying to pull him over, Fillenwarth said.

The officer fired his weapon, striking the suspect one time in the upper buttocks, Fillenwarth said. The man was taken to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis.

The suspect did not fire his weapon, Fillenwarth said.

His condition and the condition of the four other injured people was not immediately available Monday night.

Police were investigating and had multiple witnesses to interview, Fillenwarth said.

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Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at mholtkamp@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2774.