Officer shot Sunday in good condition, 'good spirits'

IMPD Officer Eric Rosenbaum (left) was shot during a struggle with a shoplifting suspect. (Photo: IMPD/Facebook)
IMPD Officer Recovering from Shooting
IMPD officer recovering from shooting
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The officer shot in the line of duty Sunday evening is now in good condition and in good spirits at the hospital.

We're learning more about that officer, 29-year-old Eric Rosenbaum, along with the shooting suspect, 40-year-old William A.G. Allen.

Police say one is an award-winning officer and the other has a lengthy criminal past.

Indianapolis FOP President Rick Snyder visited Officer Rosenbaum in the hospital Monday and says he's doing well.

"He's in good spirits and also realizes what... could have happened," Snyder said.

Officer Rosenbaum has been with IMPD since December 2015. Just last month, East District posted on its Facebook page that he was honored as officer of the month.

"Excellent officer, well known for solid performance, caring about his community," Snyder said, "and he has the heart for not just the job but the neighborhoods he's out here protecting."

Yet just last night, the dangers of the job became very real.

"I just saw a whole lot of police cars, flying around and with the guns out," said one man who witnessed the aftermath Sunday.

"They were going in their trunks, pulling out guns and oh lord," a neighbor added.

Officer Rosenbaum was shot in the leg while trying to stop a shoplifting suspect.

Investigators say 40-year-old William A.G. Allen stole from a Lowe's Home Improvement store near 25th Street and Post Road and ran off.

Rosenbaum spotted him nearby on Galaxy Lane. Investigators say they struggled and a gun went off, though it's still not clear if that was the officer's gun or if Allen had a weapon.

William Allen (IMPD photo)

Fellow officers were able to quickly treat Rosenbaum right on scene with a tourniquet from their mobile trauma kits. Those kits, normally used on citizens, are assembled by members of the community and likely helped Rosenbaum survive.

"Many in our community will wonder, 'I wonder if that's a kit I put together' and that's the power in that. I think it's a great example of community policing," Snyder said. "Those kits for our officers when they're in their cars, it reminds them that people care about them."

Fellow officers rushed Rosenbaum to the hospital in a patrol car. He'll be OK, but the violence against an officer is jarring for neighbors and police.

"People are so brazen nowadays, you know, to me that's scary," said witness Debra Johnson. "That means you'd shoot anybody."

"It highlights what every officer out here risks every day," Snyder said.

Eyewitness News has learned the suspect, William Allen, is on Indiana's sex offender registry. His profile lists "criminal sexual conduct" from a conviction out of Michigan in 1998. Metro Police say he also has a long criminal history in four different states.

He's awaiting a June trial right now in Hamilton County for a felony theft charge.

Now, after last night's shooting he's facing an attempted murder charge, too. Police and prosecutors are still reviewing the case, so no official charges have been filed against Allen yet.

He's being held in the Marion County Jail.

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