Four IMPD officers shot while serving warrant; suspect killed
Four Indianapolis Metro Police officers were shot while serving a drug warrant on the near southeast side of Indianapolis. The suspect who fired on the officers was killed.
The officers exchanged gunfire with 27-year-old Andrew Sizemore around 7:30 p.m. near South State Avenue and Minnesota Street. Police were acting on a tip about criminal drug activity on the city's southeast side.
"They were serving a warrant on a house known to sell drugs to the neighborhood," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.
As undercover narcotics and SWAT officers entered the home, announcing "police search warrant," Sizemore began firing upon them. Fearing for their safety, officers returned fire, killing Sizemore.
Police say two officers were taken to Eskenazi Hospital and one to IU Health-Methodist Hospital. The fourth was treated at the scene and released. Two of the officers remained at Eskenazi overnight for observation, the other was released.
One of the officers was grazed near the knee, while the other was shot through the leg. One of the officers checked out at the scene reportedly had a bullet strike his protective vest and bounce away.
All of the officers involved in the incident in good condition and are expected to recover from their injuries.
"We're very happy about that," said IMPD Ofc. Christopher Wilburn outside Eskenazi Health.
Police say bulletproof vests saved the lives of the officers.
"Absolutely," Wilburn said. "We're just glad that the officers are okay and they can go home to their families."
Sizemore was reportedly living in the home with other relatives. Police say illegal narcotics and criminal evidence was also found in the house.
"We're sorry for the loss of life, but again, you cannot sell drugs or commit violent acts in our community and not expect that the police will do something about it," Hite said. "This is what happens when we turn up the heat on criminals.
"Bad guys are not going to win. We're going to continue to fight the good fight, want to thank the fine officers for risking their lives to save our city."
At a news conference held less than two hours after the incident, Hite said, "We're clear about the message we're sending to our citizens...we're gonna safeguard you."
Hite credited community involvement for the information that led to the warrant. He also called on residents to step up and work with police to do something about the drugs and violence in Indianapolis.
"Make sure you let us know what's happening in your neighborhood. We'll be here, but we need your help. We need your support. We've got to rid this city of this violence," the chief said.
Hite left the scene to be with his officers at the hospital.
Four other adults were reportedly at the home when the shooting occurred, but were not injured. It is not known if those adults were part of the warrant sweep.