Fortville officer shot; suspect killed in shootout

Officer Matt Fox

A man suspected of shooting a Fortville police officer was killed in a shootout with police late Friday.

Police tell Eyewitness News K-9 Officer Matt Fox was trying to perform a traffic stop on a male driver who refused to stop. A pursuit started, ending at a housing subdivision in the 7800 block of Clearview Lane.

According to IMPD public information officer Kendale Adams, the suspect "fired upon the officer [Matt Fox] striking him in an ambush type style attack."

Police say Fox was shot through his windshield, struck in the head and the wrist. He was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital, where he was said to be alert and talking to officers.

The suspect fled the scene and was again chased by police. He stopped near Fox Road and Sunset Cove and got into another shootout with police officers, positioning himself between two buildings and firing an automatic long gun at officers as they approached.

According to Officer Adams, "The suspect attempted to escape and collided with the back of an IMPD police car, the suspect exited his vehicle and began to fire shots from a high powered automatic weapon at the oncoming officers, in his second ambush type style attack on officers.

Adams added, "Officers from both IMPD and Lawrence Police Departments returned fire, striking and killing the suspect."

During the shootout, an IMPD officer suffered a graze wound. He was treated at the scene and released.

The K-9 which Fox handles was not injured and remains at the scene of the shooting.

An IMPD spokesperson tells Eyewitness News a police dog from Lawrence was shot in a patrol car at the second shooting scene. The condition of that K-9 has not yet been confirmed, but the dog was said to be undergoing surgery.

The suspect in the shooting has not yet been identified.

Fox was initially listed in serious but stable condition, while awaiting surgery for his injuries. He has now been upgraded to good condition.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the IMPD homicide/robbery office at 317.327.3475.