INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Thursday night and early Friday morning, IMPD and Indiana State Police teamed up to patrol the city’s east side. 24-Hour News 8’s Nina Criscuolo tagged along and ended up side-by-side with troopers and officers responding to shots fired at their own comrades.
“We’re out here in partnership with IMPD tonight,” ISP Trooper Josh Watson said.
IMPD East District Commander James Waters said the east district has some of the most violent crime.
“Tonight, I’ll be in a car, a two-man car, and we’ll be looking for traffic violations and off of those violations, checking to see what’s going on there. Any criminal activity. Warrants, guns, drugs, things like that,” Trooper Watson said on Thursday. “You never know what’s going to happen, you never know who you’re going to deal with.”
Just a couple hours later, Trooper Watson and his partner faced fire while pursuing a suspicious vehicle.
“Somebody in a Cadillac leaned out with a rifle and fired multiple shots in the direction of the state police officers,” Cpt. David Burston said.
The troopers were not hurt, but dozens of law enforcement units responded to the scene. After hours of searching, the suspects remain on the loose.
Less than 8 hours later, another officer, this time IMPD, was shot while responding to a call.
“He made sure he got here in a reasonable time, responded to what he thought were screams, and responded as the suspect seized upon him. And then returned fire and we believe hit the suspect,” IMPD Chief Rick Hite said.
Officer Greg Milburn is doing well, but the shooter and his two victims were found dead.
“Unfortunately this young man decided to take the lives of two people it seems right now. We are going to keep their family and our officer’s in our prayers,” Chief Hite said.
“These officers are dealing with the worst of the worst in our community and they have a very dangerous job and we witnessed that last night how dangerous this job really is for these officers,” 10-Point Coalition lead Rev. Charles Harrison said.
“It’s always a good idea in law enforcement, not to let complacency set in. You never know what someone’s thinking, what’s going on in their life or what they’re dealing with, so it’s good to treat each individual situation as if it is dangerous,” Trooper Watson said.