Officer injured in pursuit of suspect

Suspect caught by K-9s

INDIANAPOLIS - A police officer was injured while trying to arrest a car theft suspect Thursday afternoon.

Metro police said an officer got a call about a stolen vehicle and spotted the car near the 3700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

When the officer tried to pull the vehicle over, the 16-year-old driver confronted him, police said.

The officer suffered a broken nose and some scratches in the scuffle, and the suspect fled.

The suspect was eventually caught with the help of police K-9 officers.

"They found the suspect, he refused to comply, the handgun was near him, but under the tree, at which point when he failed to comply, the canine was deployed and made an apprehension of the suspect. The suspect was bitten," IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey said.

Police said the apprehended teen was actually in possession of two stolen vehicles. The teen had stolen another vehicle earlier in the day. 

One of the stolen cars belonged  to a woman who told police she was only trying to help the teen who had asked her for a jump. Police were looking for a second suspect who was driving the other car.

Both the suspect and the officer were recovering from their wounds at Wishard Memorial Hospital.

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