INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — One person has been shot and killed in an early morning police-action shooting on the city’s near northwest side.
According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, two three-year police officers used their “service weapons” to shoot at a suspect in the area of West 23rd Street and Aqueduct Street just before 2 a.m. Thursday. The incident had begun with a stop for a traffic violation near the intersection of East Riverside Drive and Burdsal Parkway at 1:45 a.m. As officers approached the vehicle, it sped off. The vehicle crashed into a tree at 1:54 p.m., and the shooting followed the crash.
A 45-year-old male suspect — later identified by the coroner’s office as Aaron Bailey — was shot and was taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, where he later died.
Shiwanda Ward, 26, was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting but was not injured. She later was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of paraphernalia and taken to the Arrestee Processing Center. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will review her case and make a charging decision, IMPD said.
The two officers, who were not named by police, will be placed on administrative duty to receive coping services, IMPD said.
Investigators searched the vehicle and did not find a weapon.
Chief Bryan Roach discussed the “tragedy” in an afternoon press conference.
“This is something that every city, every chief of police, every community, every mayor hopes that never happens, but it’s happened here in Indianapolis and I want to talk to you about how we move forward and what it is we’re going to do,” Roach said.
Roach said a criminal investigation and an internal affairs investigation are underway.
“I know of us would like to have those answers now, including me,” Roach said, adding that the investigative process must proceed to get the answers.
Roach predicted the prosecutor’s office will call a grand jury, compelling those involved to share their stories.
Mayor Joe Hogsett issued this statement:
The loss of any life in our city is a tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers are with all individuals and families affected by last night’s incident. Our residents expect that IMPD will stringently follow protocol by fully investigating and reviewing the actions that were taken. We will continue to engage local faith and community leaders to reiterate a commitment to handling this process with openness, transparency, and compassion.”