1 critically injured in police action shooting in Noblesville

Suspect was suicidal, disobeyed police

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - One person was critically injured during a police action shooting in Noblesville late Saturday night, officials said.

The Hamilton County Communications Center received a call shortly after 9:30 p.m. from a man who said he had a gun and was going to point it at officers in a suicide attempt, police said.

Police found the suicidal male suspect in a parking lot of Riverview Hospital in the 300 block of Westfield Road, Lt. Bruce Barnes with the Noblesville Police Department confirmed.

The man was later identified as Taylor Bell, 27.

Police said a negotiator was talking to Bell when he took a pistol from his waistband and started waving it at the ground. 

Officers then fired bean bag rounds at Bell to subdue him, police said. 

When Bell tried to flee the scene, officers used stun guns to try to stop him, but they were ineffective, police said.

Police said Bell then raised his gun and pointed it at three Noblesville officers, prompting the officers to open fire.

All three officers fired at Bell, and two shots struck him, police said.

Bell was transported to IU Methodist Hospital in critical condition. When police recovered Bell's weapon, they found that it was an airsoft gun.

No police officers were injured in the incident, Barnes said.

The criminal investigation is ongoing.

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