Five arrested, one killed after officers shot Wednesday

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – One suspect was killed and five other people were arrested after an officer involved shooting on the city’s southeast side Wednesday night.

According to a release from IMPD, police and a SWAT team were attempting to serve a high-risk narcotics search warrant in the 1600 block of State Avenue. As officers were trying to enter the home, the target of the investigation fired multiple rounds at the SWAT officers, who returned fire, killing the suspect.

Early Thursday, police identified the suspect killed in the shootout as 27-year-old Andrew Sizemore of Indianapolis.

Four officers were injured in the incident. Two officers remained hospitalized overnight but were expected to be okay.  One officer was treated and released. A fourth officer was treated at the scene and released.

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An investigation revealed the suspect had surveillance equipment mounted on the home and knew the officers were attempting to enter the home.

Captain David Allender with the Violent Crimes Unit says Sizemore knew he was shooting at officers.

“He had no doubt,” said Allender.

Sizemore’s friends paint a different picture of the 27-year-old. They say Sizemore constantly feared someone would break into his home, so he slept with his gun.

After the incident, officers seized heroin, hundreds of prescription pills, $125,000 in cash, 13 guns and a garage full of potentially stolen items. The items have an estimated street value of $500,000 to $750,000.

Officers also arrested five people at the scene. 62-year-old Robert Morgan was arrested for dealing a controlled substance, 24-year-old Justin Williams was arrested for visiting a common nuisance, 21-year-old Paul Beard was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, 20-year-old Jacob Goebel was arrested for visiting a common nuisance, and 23-year-old Andrew Spurlock was arrested for visiting a common nuisance.

Police have not ruled out charging more people with crimes.

IMPD officials are thanking the public for tips that helped lead to these arrests and are encouraging locals to continue to report crime in their area by calling Crime Stoppers at 317-262-tips.

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