INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis Metropolitan Department Police officer shot and critically injured 37-year-old Ryan Hubbard after they say he refused to raise his arms during an arrest.
The shooting happened just after noon Monday in the 2500 block of South Keystone Avenue.
Police say they were serving an arrest warrant to Hubbard for dealing drugs. That’s when they say he refused to cooperate. Officers say they feared a shootout and fired first.
After the shooting, officers did not find a weapon on Hubbard. But, they also say that certainly doesn’t mean the shooting wasn’t warranted.
“He reached to his waistband several times and was fidgeting with his waistband at which time officers made the determination that deadly force was appropriate,” said Sergeant Kendale Adams, IMPD.
Police were following Hubbard for quite some time following community complaints that he was dealing drugs and even possibly abusing his mother.
Undercover officers obtained enough information to arrest him. In that investigation they also received word that Hubbard might have firearms inside his home. Therefore, they planned to make the arrest away from his home.
Tony Russell has lived in the neighborhood for three years and is just a few houses down from where the shooting happened.
“Sitting there watching TV and my wife said she heard a couple of pops and thought maybe there was a gun,” said Russell.
Russell claims his neighborhood is otherwise very quiet and that this hits too close to home.
“We’ve got a nice little neighborhood where it’s not a lot going on. When you walk out your back door and its right here it makes you want to move deep into the country,” said Russell.
Police note that a shooting can be justified if there is simply a threat of a gun battle such as, in this case, a suspect not raising hands or fidgeting with their waste band. There does not actually have to be a gun.
Hubbard is listed in critical condition at Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. Police say he is expected to survive.
The officer who shot Hubbard is on paid administrative leave. IMPD’s Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the incident, and IMPD’s Internal Affairs Unit will conduct a separate administrative review.