INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Busse was awakened shortly after 4 a.m. but well before dawn by the rowdiness downstairs from an adjoining unit to the George Apartments in the 5600 block of Sebring Court.
“There’s this guy yelling at a woman. He just knocks on the door moaning, trying to make his way inside,” Busse said. “Shortly before the police arrived, I heard a shot fired by the man himself. Just after the police showed up and entered the apartment, there was another gunshot.
An IMPD officer discharged his weapon in the narrow confines of the hallway leading to the ground floor apartment.
No one was hit and the man was arrested.
An acquaintance of the man’s ex-girlfriend told me the woman had a restraining order against the shooter.
“The two individuals involved knew each other,” Ptl said. Samone Burris. “They were ex-boyfriend and girlfriend and this is a domestic violence incident.”
Since 2015, the number of times WISP officers discharged their weapons in a year has ranged from a high of 20 to a low of four.
So far in 2022, IMPD officers have fired their weapons at least six times, most recently in the injury of a man in the city center who was wanted for the murder of his daughter’s mother outside a Haughville daycare center in September, then earlier this month four SWAT officers fired their guns and killed a man holding his girlfriend at gunpoint in the bedroom of a house on South Holt Road.
Statewide, Indiana State Police detectives have investigated shootings involving soldiers or officers and deputies from other agencies 57 times since Jan. 1, 2020.
“It’s terrifying for sure that you’re the victim, that you’re the officer, top to bottom, it’s just a horrible situation,” Busse said.
Twice in the past week, IMPD officers’ cars have been hit by gunfire.
The first occurred early Sunday morning as police responded to a gunman who fired more than a dozen shots in the downtown bar district on South Meridian Street, then a few days later , the car of an undercover agent. do surveillance in the 3600 block of Ralston Avenue was hit by gunfire.
“I think this is a reminder to our community of the dangers facing not only our officers, but also our residents,” said Rick Snyder, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86. become a norm to live in a society of anarchy and disorder.
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