INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers shot and wounded an armed suspect as he attempted to rob an east side gas station early Tuesday, IMPD officials said.
Around 3 a.m. police officers were on routine patrol at East 21st Street and North Shadeland Avenue when they spotted a gray car driving suspiciously with its lights off circling the Circle K gas station. Officers say they saw a man get out of the passenger side carrying a semi automatic rifle. Police say the man “darted” toward the business where two employees were outside smoking.
That man has been identified as 23-year-old Manuel Staples.
According to police, Staples tried to push the two employees back into the gas station.
At that point officers left their vehicles and engaged Staples, ordering him to stop and put down the gun. The officers say Staples instead turned toward them and chambered a round in the gun. The officers say that’s when they fired their weapons.
Staples was not able to get off a shot, but was hit by the officer’s gunfire. Medics took him to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Health in serious condition.
The suspected getaway driver, 23-year-old Monique Buckley, was stopped nearby.
Staples and Buckley were arrested on preliminary charges of robbery.
The police officers and the store employees were not hurt. Police interviewed the employees and were looking a surveillance video from cameras at the Circle K.