INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man mistakenly shot by an Indianapolis police officer held a press conference Friday afternoon.
Carl Williams called police on Aug. 23 around 4 a.m. to report that a suspect attempted to assault and rob his wife. He also told dispatch that the suspect stole his wife’s black vehicle.
Police said Williams went outside to investigate, when nine-year veteran East District officer Christopher Mills mistakenly thought he was the suspect and shot him in the stomach.
Williams movements were restricted by a wheel chair Friday. The 48-year-old was still in recovery mode.
In an afternoon news conference, Williams sat with his attorneys as he answered questions from a slew of a reporters. Williams’s attorneys believe their client never heard the officer give any commands to drop the weapon before the shots were fired.
“I can remember an intense pain and falling on the ground saying, ‘I am the homeowner, why did you shoot me?'” Williams said.
During the 40-minute question and answer period, Williams appeared torn. Over the years, he served his country in the military as a military police officer. His attorney says he is aware of the challenges faced by men and women in blue.
“I don’t want to put anyone in a bad light,” Williams said.”I mean, the police have a tough job, we all know this, but I guess I’m just torn, because before you pick any firearm and point it at someone you have to be sure what you are going to hit.”
IMPD has called the shooting an unfortunate mistake. On the same day as the shooting, the department released the 911 tapes of the shooting. A spokesperson for IMPD adds that the call for help started with a carjacking, and that the caller stated that the suspect got away with a black Nissan.
When officers arrived to the scene they spotted the black Nissan in the Williams’ driveway backed in and with the lights on, moments later the garage door opened.
IMPD has stated this is an ongoing investigation. The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave. Williams’ attorneys have not said if they will pursue litigation; however, they did mention they have 200 days to file a tort claim with the City of Indianapolis.