IMPD names suspect injured in police action shooting - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

IMPD names suspect injured in police action shooting

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SWAT team waits outside the store entrance. SWAT team waits outside the store entrance.
Police at 21st Street and Post Road. Police at 21st Street and Post Road.
Lieutenant Chris Bailey talks to media about the shooting. Lieutenant Chris Bailey talks to media about the shooting.
INDIANAPOLIS -

Indianapolis Metro Police have named the man shot by an officer over the weekend during an armed robbery at an east side drug store.

Devin Johnson, 32, remains at Wishard Hospital in serious condition. The second person wanted for the hold-up at the CVS at 21st and Post Road is still on the loose.

The pair is accused of trying to rob the pharmacy early Saturday morning.

Police say one of the men pulled a gun when officers arrived on scene, prompting them to shoot Johnson multiple times.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of his alleged accomplice is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

The incident sent ripples of concern through the east side neighborhood.

When Darryl Holland sent his children out to rake leaves Saturday morning, he had no idea there was a suspect considered armed and dangerous on the loose after robbing the drug store two blocks from his house.

"I'm getting ready to bring my kids in the house. I didn't know. Now that I know there is another one, they need to come on in the house, especially if he's armed," said Holland.

A very intense situation unfolded Saturday morning at the CVS at the corner of Post Road and East 21st Street. That's when police got the call about an armed robbery with two suspects.

Several employees and customers were inside at the time. Police say when officers arrived, there was a confrontation with one suspect who displayed a gun. Officers shot him multiple times sending him to the hospital in critical condition.

"They're forced to make split second decisions, life and death decisions and protect the public, which is our number one responsibility to protect the public," said Lt. Chris Bailey, Indianapolis Metro Police Department.

But, in the flurry of shooting one suspect, police lost track of a second suspect.

SWAT members arrived and sent a robotic camera inside first to scope out the store. Then, officers and K9 searched the area, but came up empty. Police Chief Rick Hite was on the scene with strong words for those causing this kind of trouble.

"There's no reason to point a gun to rob innocent people who are just trying to make a living. There's no reason to put officers in harm's way. But, if you choose to, we have to do our job," said Chief Rick Hite, Indianapolis Metro Police Department.

It's a job the Holland family is very appreciative of, "It helps me feel a little secure, more secure," said Holland.

Doing his job to protect his family while police do theirs to protect the city.

Other than the suspect police shot, police say no one else was injured. Police ask that if you have any information about the whereabouts of second suspect to call CrimeStoppers at 262-TIPS.

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