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Indianapolis officer shoots and kills driver after chase, police say



After the shooting, more than 100 people gathered to protest, chanting, “No justice, no peace,” according to the Indianapolis Star.

Both the officer and the driver involved in the incident were black men, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Chief Chris Bailey said in a news conference Wednesday.

“Based on evidence, we have no reason to believe the officer acted out of turn,” Chief Randal Taylor said.

Bailey acknowledged police have been made aware of a video that is also circulating on social media and are investigating.

“We are also aware of inappropriate comments made by an IMPD detective that was broadcast live on social media,” Taylor said, adding that the comments came from a responding detective not involved in chase.

“Let me be clear: These comments are unacceptable. We will be pursuing immediate disciplinary action against that officer,” the chief said.

The shooting

A Toyota Corolla being driven recklessly caught an officer’s attention on Interstate 65 around 6 p.m. Wednesday, and Deputy Chief Kendale Adams and Taylor followed it in their unmarked cars, Bailey said. The driver was speeding and also almost hit other vehicles as it exited the interstate, Bailey said.

Adams asked for assistance as the “vehicle continued driving at a high rate of speed and disobeying all traffic signals,” according to the news release.

Once marked cars joined the pursuit, Adams and Taylor peeled off, per protocol, Bailey said.

Police ended the chase about 10 minutes later, turned off their emergency lights and began driving at normal speed, Bailey said.

Minutes later, a different officer saw the car pull behind a business and the driver jumped out, Bailey said. Once the officer got out of his car, the suspect ran and the officer gave chase, Bailey said.

The officer tried to use his Taser, but Bailey said it doesn’t appear the Taser was effective.

Gunfire was exchanged between the driver and the officer, Bailey said, adding that the driver was shot and pronounced dead shortly after. Officers found a gun near the suspect and 15 shell casings at the scene, police said.

“I believe it is reasonable to believe that this gun is the individual’s,” Taylor said. “It is a distinct-looking gun with an orange slide and an elongated grip. We are aware of photos showing the driver holding a similar distinctive weapon on social media sites.”

Officer on leave

The officer was not injured, Bailey said. The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, the news release said.

“IMPD closely scrutinizes all uses of force, as we hold every officer to our high standards,” the release said. “The shooting is being investigated by IMPD’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). A separate and independent internal investigation will be conducted by IMPD’s Internal Affairs Unit to ensure compliance with departmental policy, as is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.”

Taylor understands the concerns of protesters gathered outside the police station, he told reporters, “but hope you will allow us to run the investigations and not believe everything you see on social media.”

The local NAACP chapter asked people in the community to limit their protesting to small groups or social media

“We urge the community to stay calm,” it said in a statement. “We urge people not to gather in large groups to protest. With COVID-19 rampant in our community and the lack of sufficient testing and testing sites, we know that large gatherings will lead to more deaths.”

Early Thursday, hours after the shooting, officers were called to burglary in progress at an apartment complex, where a man ambushed them, opening fire with a rifle, police said. Four officers returned fire, killing him, according to police.

Asked if the two events were connected, the chief said, “That’s a possibility, obviously, but I have no way to confirm that at this point.”

CNN’s Eliott C. McLaughlin contributed to this report.



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Bentonville officer shoots, kills suspected robber


According to Arkansas State Police (ASP), Dominick Matt, 17, of Bentonville was shot, killed by a Bentonville police officer Friday evening.Saturday morning, ASP released a press release that said the shooting is now under investigation.The press release said the officer was in the area of Greenhouse Road and SW Briar Creek Avenue searching for a suspect involved in the attempted robbery at a nearby Kum and Go gas station.ASP said, at 11:23 p.m. Matt was seen walking in the area of the store and was approached by the officer. The release said Matt allegedly brandished a handgun, leading the officer to shoot Matt. The officer was not injured.State police said while Matt is believed to have been the person who attempted the robbery, the scope of the state police investigation is “limited to the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer as defined under Arkansas law.”Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division will investigate and present findings to the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney, who will determine whether the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was consistent with Arkansas law.The Arkansas State Crime Lab will complete an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of Matt’s death.Evidence recovered during the investigation will be analyzed at the crime lab.ORIGINAL STORY:One person is dead after being shot by a Bentonville police officer Friday evening, according to the Bentonville Police Department.According to a press release from the Bentonville Police Department, officers received a call about a robbery at 11:07 p.m. at the Kum and Go gas station on Regional Airport Boulevard on December 6. In the release, police say an officer located the accused robber near Greenhouse Road, based on a description of the person provided by the store clerk.”Within seconds of the officer’s contact with the suspect, the officer reported that shots had been fired and the suspect was ‘down’,” the release said.The suspect died on the scene, and the officer was not injured.Bentonville police said Arkansas State Police were contacted at about 12:17 AM on December 7 and requested that troopers conduct the investigation into the reported robbery and subsequent shooting.The incident is under investigation by the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division.

According to Arkansas State Police (ASP), Dominick Matt, 17, of Bentonville was shot, killed by a Bentonville police officer Friday evening.

Saturday morning, ASP released a press release that said the shooting is now under investigation.

The press release said the officer was in the area of Greenhouse Road and SW Briar Creek Avenue searching for a suspect involved in the attempted robbery at a nearby Kum and Go gas station.

ASP said, at 11:23 p.m. Matt was seen walking in the area of the store and was approached by the officer. The release said Matt allegedly brandished a handgun, leading the officer to shoot Matt. The officer was not injured.

State police said while Matt is believed to have been the person who attempted the robbery, the scope of the state police investigation is “limited to the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer as defined under Arkansas law.”

Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division will investigate and present findings to the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney, who will determine whether the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was consistent with Arkansas law.

The Arkansas State Crime Lab will complete an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of Matt’s death.

Evidence recovered during the investigation will be analyzed at the crime lab.

ORIGINAL STORY:

One person is dead after being shot by a Bentonville police officer Friday evening, according to the Bentonville Police Department.

According to a press release from the Bentonville Police Department, officers received a call about a robbery at 11:07 p.m. at the Kum and Go gas station on Regional Airport Boulevard on December 6.

In the release, police say an officer located the accused robber near Greenhouse Road, based on a description of the person provided by the store clerk.

“Within seconds of the officer’s contact with the suspect, the officer reported that shots had been fired and the suspect was ‘down’,” the release said.

The suspect died on the scene, and the officer was not injured.

Bentonville police said Arkansas State Police were contacted at about 12:17 AM on December 7 and requested that troopers conduct the investigation into the reported robbery and subsequent shooting.

The incident is under investigation by the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division.



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Officer shoots armed Wisconsin student in classroom



The suspect, who police said pointed a handgun at officers, is in stable condition, Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack told reporters.

There were no other injuries in the morning incident at Waukesha South High School.

A school resource officer rushed to a classroom after a student saw a classmate with a handgun and that officer began getting other students to safety, police said in a press release.

Other officers responded and tried to start a dialogue with the suspect, Jack said. After the suspect refused to remove his hands from his pockets and ignored the officers, he removed the gun from his waistband and pointed it at the officers, the police chief said.

One of the officers — not the school resource officer — fired, striking the suspect, police said. Medical attention was administered, students were evacuated and the school was placed on lockdown, Jack said.

A firearm was recovered from the scene.

School district Superintendent Todd Gray said, “This is a superintendent’s worst nightmare.”

The officer who opened fire was an 11-year veteran of the police department, according to the release.

A separate incident at a different school in the same city saw a 15-year-old boy taken into custody after police found him with a replica firearm, according to a police press release.

Police were called to Waukesha North High School around 1 p.m. Monday for reports of a student with a gun, the release said. After the school was placed on lockdown, an investigation found the student was no longer on school property.

Police responded to the student’s home and found a replica of a firearm, police said.

Correction: An earlier version of this article said a school resource officer shot the student. The school resource officer did not discharge a firearm, police said.

CNN’s Amir Vera contributed to this report.



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