IMPD officer recovering after being shot by suspect, recognized by IMS

IMPD Officer Eric Rosenbaum was recognized at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his service. (Photo: IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – An Indianapolis Metro Police Department officer, who was shot during a struggle with a shoplifting suspect, was recognized at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wednesday.

During practice for the Indy 500, IMS also hosted First Responder Day where President Doug Boles recognized Officer Eric Rosenbaum for his service to the community.

Officer Rosenbaum was shot in the line of duty on Sunday, May 5.

Investigators say 40-year-old William Allen stole from a Lowe's Home Improvement store near 25th Street and Post Road and ran off. That's when Officer Rosenbaum spotted Allen running and chased after him.

During the fight, police say Allen pinned Rosenbaum to the ground and started reaching for his gun. The officer tried to stop him, but Allen allegedly pulled the trigger while the gun was still in the holster, shooting Rosenbaum in the leg.