ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) — Indiana State Police is defending a trooper who shot an armed robbery suspect in Anderson Monday morning.
22-year-old Ricky Zimmerman of Pendleton was taken to the hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after Trooper Anthony Emory shot him, police said.
Emory walked into a Ricker’s gas station to get a cup of coffee during his shift near 53rd Street and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard around 8:20 a.m. The clerk told Emory someone had held up the gas station seconds before Emory walked in.
Police said the clerk pointed to Zimmerman as Zimmerman entered a green car registered to one of his family members.
Emory told Zimmerman to stop but Zimmerman instead aimed a gun at Emory as he drove away, according to police. Emory shot Zimmerman in both wrists.
“His life was in danger. So were the lives of everyone else at this station. As you can imagine, at that time of the morning, this station is very busy,” ISP Sgt. John Bowling said.
Police said Zimmerman struck a white car but the driver was not hurt. Emory was also not injured, according to police.
Marvin Williams, who lives across the street from the Ricker’s, said his son heard gunshots. Williams peeked outside and saw Zimmerman in custody.
“I don’t think I had enough time to be scared. Heck, they already had him over in the corner and it was over,” Williams said.
Police said they recovered a handgun and cash. They did not announce Monday what charges Zimmerman could face.
The gas station owner said he won’t release his security video to reporters but he’s prepared to give it to police as soon as they ask.
Police closed off the street for hours as they cleaned up after the crash. They re-opened the road around 3 p.m.