UPDATE: Police identify suspect shot by officer Saturday night

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Authorities Sunday morning identified the man hospitalized Saturday night after an officer-involved shooting on the city's northeast side.

The unidentified officer told investigators he feared for his life when he shot 42-year-old Damon Moore of Indianapolis. The incident happened in the 3700 block of Sherman Forest Drive. That's near the intersection of Sherman Drive and 38th Street.

Moore reportedly refused to show his hands when the officer asked. The officer feared for his life because Moore had reportedly been seen with a weapon earlier that night.

"As a matter of fact, we have witness statements that the suspect actually reached for something and that's when the shots rang out," Sgt. Kendale Adams told the media.

A half-hour before the shooting, police found Moore and his girlfriend in a domestic disturbance. Moore was told to leave. Shortly before the shooting, that woman called police back saying Moore had returned, gotten a gun from the home and started threatening to shoot her, according to Sgt. Adams. She said he actually pointed the gun at her and pulled the trigger, though the gun never fired.

Shortly after he left the second time, another resident in the town home complex - this one on Sherman Forest Drive - called police saying Moore was banging on their door trying to get in. When officers found Moore there, they assumed he was armed based on the calls they had gotten earlier that night.

The officer, identified only as a 5-year IMPD veteran, shot Moore twice when he reportedly refused to show his hands and started reaching for his waistline.

"If you were reaching and make furtive movements, obviously the officer felt he was in fear of his life," Sgt. Adams said. "The residents in this complex said he was a problem in the area. He drank a lot. And so that obviously factored into the likely violent behavior that was shown tonight."

At last check, investigators were still looking for that weapon. They brought in a ballistic K9 to help search.

The suspect was originally listed in serious condition at the hospital, but was later upgraded to stable. The officer was not injured.

Moore faces preliminary charges of criminal recklessness and battery. He had a long criminal history before Saturday's string of complaints, including arrests for dealing narcotics and resisting police.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call police at (317) 327-3475.