Special prosecutor appointed in fatal shooting of Aaron Bailey

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry held a press conference Tuesday to announce that special prosecutor Ken Cotter will be brought in to investigate the death of 45-year-old Aaron Bailey following a police shooting.

Bailey was killed on June 29 after two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers shot him following a traffic stop and brief chase just northwest of downtown Indianapolis on the corner of West 23rd and Aqueduct.

It was later discovered that Bailey was unarmed.

Curry announced in the press conference that he had faith in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to conduct a through investigation. Curry also mentioned that he’s been stopped on the street numerous times by some who wanted updates on the case.

It has not yet been decided if charges will be pressed in the case.

“Prosecutor Cotter will have to make the same decisions that we would have to made. Is there a basis to charge these officers outright? Is there no basis whatsoever to charge the officers and clear it? Or potentially submit the matter to a grand jury for a decision.”

The FBI launched their own investigation into the shooting in early July.

The two officers were later placed on administrative leave for their involvement in the shooting.

Curry mentioned in the conference how they’ve met with the family of Bailey to offer sympathies.

Passenger Shiwanda Ward was in the vehicle at the time of the crash. She was arrested on a charge of possession of paraphernalia.

The shooting saw many from all walks of life around the city to come together in a search for answers.

Mayor Joe Hogsett released a statement on the announcement:

I applaud today’s appointment and I have directed IMPD to fully cooperate with the special prosecutor’s office. I also want to echo the hope of many in our community that this criminal investigation will be completed both responsibly and expeditiously. Prosecutor Curry deserves our thanks for his efforts to promote transparency and ensure the public’s trust in this ongoing criminal investigation.

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