INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police have identified the suspect accused of shooting at officers and being shot by police on Tuesday as 44-year-old Keith Manuel.
According to police, Manuel had two active warrants for his arrest the night he was stopped in a stolen truck. The warrants were for possession of cocaine and paraphernalia, and burglary.
Police say Manuel fired shots at officers during a stop in the 4300 block of West Bradbury Avenue, in front of a Wayne Township fire station. Officers returned fire, striking Manuel and sending him to the hospital in critical condition.
Police questioned the two people that surrendered, but they were later released.
In addition to Manuel’s arrest warrants, 24-Hour News 8 discovered he had a long criminal history that included assaults, thefts and drugs.
“He should have been in jail,” said Alice Cobalata, who lives near the scene of the shooting.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the incident began when the driver of a pickup truck refused to stop when an officer tried to pull the vehicle over around 11:48 p.m. at Holt Road and Troy Avenue.
Three police cars chased the truck for about 1.5 miles to the driveway of Fire Station 81 on Bradbury Ave. in Wayne Township.
According to Sgt. Kendale Adams, three people, two men and a woman were in the truck. One of the men got out of the vehicle stopped in front of the station’s doors and fired shots toward officers. Shots hit one of the IMPD cruisers but none of the officers were injured.
IMPD said its officers returned fire, shooting the suspect several times. The suspect was taken to Eskenazi Health in critical condition.
“What we’re investigating is an attempted murder of a police officer. So, that investigation needs to be very delicate. It needs to be very thorough and our department is very good at making sure the steps are followed to make sure that everything happened in accordance to the way it should happen,” Sgt. Adams said.
Firefighters and medics housed in Station 81 had returned from a run of their own minutes before they heard sirens outside the firehouse.
“Our firetrucks circle around through the back lot where the incident happened and then pull into the firehouse so fortunately they had returned to the station. The doors were closed and they were safe inside the building when the whole incident went down,” Wayne Township Fire Captain Michael Pruitt said.
EMS personnel treated the injured suspect before he was taken to the hospital, Pruitt explained.
The firehouse was shut down while IMPD investigated, but has since re-opened. Other nearby fire stations were on call to respond to any needs in Station 81’s place while it was out of service.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has more than two dozen deputies assigned to track down fugitives like Manuel.
The fugitive teams sort the warrants by priority starting with more serious offenses like violent felons. The team of investigators work various shifts around the clock. However, most fugitives are usually arrested during a smaller infraction.
” Warrants are served every day. A lot of times we encounter them by accident,” said IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey.