SWAT officers, Tech basketball honored at council meeting

The IMPD SWAT team was honored at Monday's council meeting.

The City-County Council Monday recognized the IMPD SWAT team for their efforts during a drug raid last month.

Four SWAT officers were injured when they were shot while serving a narcotics search warrant at a home in the 1600 block of State Avenue. The officers continued their operation, eventually shooting and killing the suspect, 27-year-old Andrew Sizemore, who was suspected of dealing heroin from the home.

"Facing extreme danger these officers performed their duties with honor and professionalism," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite. "Their actions and sacrifice are worthy to be honored."

A search of the home after the shooting uncovered a large amount of narcotics and stolen items. The injured officers have returned to full duty with the department.

Tech honored

The council also honored the state champion Arsenal Tech boys' basketball team Monday evening.

The Titans captured the school's first state title in 99 years of competition in boys' basketball March 29. They defeated Lake Central 63-59 to claim the championship.

The title is the first for an Indianapolis Public Schools team since Broad Ripple won the state championship in 1980.

Members of the team spoke at the council meeting, thanking the council and the city for their support during the championship run.