Police K9 found safe following officer-involved shooting on northeast side

Indiana State Police were on the scene of a police-action shooting on the night of Oct. 10, 2017, outside the Far Eastside Neighborhood Center, 8902 E, 38th St. (WISH Photo/Julian Grace)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A trooper shot and injured a suspect on the city’s northeast side on Tuesday night, Indiana State Police said.

The police believed the suspect may have been involved in a vehicle pursuit in the area Tuesday evening. State police Sgt. John Perrine said the suspects jumped out of the vehicle and ran away.

About 9 p.m., a trooper spotted a man meeting one of the suspects’ descriptions walking in a parking lot near 38th Street and Post Road. Photos from the scene indicated the shooting occurred in the parking lot outside the Far Eastside Community Center, 8902 East 38th St.

The suspect has since been identified as 26-year-old Cortez Boxley.

When the trooper attempted to do a pat-down,” Boxley physically pushed away and fled on foot,” a news release from state police said.

The trooper then remotely deployed a police dog from the back of his car, and the dog chased the suspect and made contact.

“The male subject then fired shots at the K9 and the Trooper,” the release said. “The Trooper returned fire and struck the subject.”

The Indianapolis dispatch system showed an ambulance was dispatched to the area about 9:20 p.m. The suspect was transported to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and was in serious condition but stable condition, police said.

The shooting caused the dog, K9 Apache, to flee the scene.

After a 12 hour search, K9 Apache was located after a concerned citizen contacted officials about a possible sighting on Aspen Way.

It was later determined that Apache suffered a gunshot wound to the neck, but is expected to make a full recovery.

The investigation into the shooting remains ongoing.