IMPD: 1 arrested after officer's house, car targeted in shooting

IMPD officer targeted; man arrested

Chief Riggs on suspect arrest in shooting at officer's home

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Indianapolis' police chief says a suspect is in custody after someone opened fire on an officer's patrol car overnight outside the officer's home.

Chief Troy Riggs says the officer's cruiser was struck 3-4 times about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Barbara Greeson's son alerted her that the rapid popping sound on their street overnight had to be gunfire. She woke up to police everywhere. 

"They said it was only 17 shots, but it was, 'BRRRR!' Like that," she said.

The gunfire happened at the home of her neighbor, an IMPD officer. The officer took cover inside as three bullets struck his police car and five rounds hit the house where his wife and son were sleeping.

One of the bullets struck really close.

"One of the bullets, near a window, where he was sitting behind as he was enjoying his 'afternoon,' so to speak, after working over the night," Riggs said.

Neither the officer nor his family were injured. Riggs says he's troubled by the shooting, which comes in the wake of last week's fatal shootings of five Dallas police officers.

The police chief says neighbors helped lead officers to 27-year-old March Eugene Ratney, who reportedly sped away in a car after the shooting and lives nearby. 

"It certainly seems that he was upset with police," Riggs said.

Walters is familiar with Ratney because he arrested him about eight years ago. But during this arrest, Ratney reportedly yelled obscenities wearing a t-shirt reading "F The Police" and "Black Lives Matter."

Still, the police chief calls this an isolated case that crosses the line.

"If he would do this to a police officer, can you imagine what he would do to a citizen?" Riggs said.

Police are looking over Ratney's Facebook page. He took a photo with his son, who he had not seen in five years due to prison time. Sgt. Kendale Adams says Ratney has not yet been charged in the shooting.

The officer's commander checked on him at home.

"The officer knows he is supported and he and his family feel secure in their home and make sure that we are doing a thorough investigation," said IMPD Downtown District Commander Chad Knecht.

Riggs says the city's 1,600 officers put their lives on the line every day "and last night someone tried to take away potentially an officer and his family's lives."

Part of the investigation is finding out why the shooting suspect targeted the officer's home as Riggs warns other officers to stay alert. 

"To be attacked at your home crosses a line we don't want to cross," said Riggs.