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February 12, 2014

Chase leads to police action shooting

Suspect in critical, but stable condition

INDIANAPOLIS — At 11:48 p.m. Tuesday night, an officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) attempted to make a traffic stop in the vicinity of South Holt Road and West Troy Avenue. The vehicle refused to stop and a short pursuit ensued that ended in the 4300 block of West Bradbury Avenue. The actual termination point of the pursuit ending at the end of a dead-end drive that is adjacent to the Wayne Township Firehouse No. 81.

At the conclusion of the pursuit, officers were confronted with a deadly force encounter when one of the three occupants of the vehicle exited and started shooting at officers. The suspect’s shots struck and damaged a police vehicle. Officers returned fire striking the suspect several times.

The suspect, who was later indetifed as Keith Manuel, 44, was transported by EMS crews to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.

At this time, Manuel has not been formally charged. He did hae two arrest woarrants at the time of the incident, one for possession of cocaine and paraphernalia in Marion County and the other was for burglary in Johnson County.

The three officers involved were not injured by the suspect’s gunfire.  Additionally, neither of the other two occupants of the suspect vehicle were injured, and they have been taken into custody to speak with investigators.

Investigators with IMPD’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) and Internal Affairs Unit will conduct independent investigations, which is standard operating procedure for any officer-involved shooting. The three involved officers will be offered coping services and placed on paid administrative leave for an undetermined amount of time.  All of these actions are considered standard procedures for this type of incident.  This is still an active investigation and more information may be released at a later time.

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