MARION, Ind. (WISH) – Indiana State Police are investigating what they are calling a police involved shooting on Sunday morning.
Police say a man was shot and injured around 4:34 a.m. Sunday. Marion Police Department responded to a possible disturbance in the 2800 block of South Boot Street.
According to a release from ISP a Marion police officer approached the scene and saw a man identified as Chris Cook, 26, of Marion walking near 30th and Boot Streets. The man fled from police and a foot chase ensued.
During the police pursuit the officer reportedly saw Cook carrying a handgun. The officer told ISP he ordered Cook to drop the weapon. However, Cook reportedly made a motion as if to turn toward the officer. The officer feared the suspect was turning to shoot at him. The officer fired a shot and struck Cook on the lower right torso, according to the release.
Cook was taken to a Ft. Wayne hospital by helicopter. He was listed in serious condition. No other injuries were reported.
Further investigation by ISP revealed that Cook was not able to fire any rounds at the officer before he was shot.
ISP said the officer involved in the shooting was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, which is a standard procedure for the Marion Police Department.