Suspect who shot IMPD officer during vehicle pursuit identified

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials have released the name of the suspect who shot an IMPD officer on Monday evening. The suspect was later killed by police.

IMPD says that an officer was shot and another was injured on Monday evening, before authorities shot and killed the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Jeff Tyson.

Officers pulled over a suspicious vehicle near 71st Street and Georgetown Road around 6:15 p.m. The officer recognized the plate from a suspect vehicle involved in criminal activity earlier in the week. The male driver sped off and led police on a 15-mile chase.

When the male driver sped off, he began firing at the officers. The officer who initiated the stop was shot in his ankle, and also suffered a graze wound to the back of his head. The officer riding with him, which was also another one year veteran and academy classmate of the officer he was riding with, was struck and injured by debris. He is reported to be OK.

The chase ended at Rural Street and Newton Street. The suspect again shot at officers and several IMPD officers shot back at him, killing the suspect.

The officer shot was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. He would undergo surgery, but was expected to make a full recovery. The second officer in the same vehicle was injured but not shot. They were treated and released at the scene.

A female passenger bailed from the suspect’s vehicle during the chase. She was taken into custody.

IMPD gave an update on Tuesday afternoon about the shooting.

The suspect and officers have not been identified. Police say that 17 officers were placed on leave. Their names were not being released due to recent events in across the country.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence issued a statement in response to the shooting.

Once again violence has found a member of our law enforcement community, this time in Indianapolis. I thank God that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer who was shot is in stable condition. He will remain in our prayers. Tonight’s incident is yet another reminder of the risks our law enforcement officers face every day and how important it is that we stand with those who stand on the thin blue line.



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