INDIANAPOLIS - Three people were killed and an Indianapolis police officer was shot on Indianapolis' northeast side early Friday morning.
The shooting happened about 7 a.m. in the 2600 block of North Dearborn Street (map below).
Officer GregMilburn, a 10-year veteran of the force, was taken toEskenaziHospital, where he was treated and released. Police said a bulletproof vestMilburnwas wearing likely saved his life, stopping the bullet from entering his abdomen.
Milburnwas called to the home after dispatchers received a 911 call about a woman screaming.
"About that time, a male suspect came from between the houses and fired multiple round at the officer," said Indianapolis police spokesman Lt. Christopher Bailey. "The officer was able to return fire. During that exchange of gunfire, the officer was struck at least one time."
Police said Julia Morrow, 84, andInityMorrow, 28, had been killed. Their bodies were found inside a home.
Family members toldRTV6the shooter, who was also killed, wasInityMorrow's boyfriend. His body was found between two houses. He was later identified as 36-year-oldQuintico Goolsby.
Residents, community leaders and police officers held a prayer circle in the aftermath of the shooting. The victims' minister, Frank Alexander, was there to console the family.
"(Julia was) a caring Christian lady and served others well," Alexander said.
Walter Morrow said his mother shouldn't have died that way.
"My mother didn't need to die like that," he said. "You know she's going to die sometime … just not like that. But I guess there is no good way to die."
Investigators were working to determine what led to the killings. Early indications were thatGoolsbytried to force his way into the house before shooting the women and was confronted byMilburnas he left the house.
"This officer showed up and did what he could to try to protect these individuals here, and in that moment, he was struck," Bailey said. "Our officers do this every day and put themselves between evil and good."
Milburn was fortunate that the bullet struck about an inch above the bottom of his vest, leaving him with a large bruise, but no serious injuries.
He becomes the 30th IMPD officer in the past seven months to have faced suspects who have shot at police. Eight of those officers, including Milburn, emerged from those deadly confrontations with physical injuries.
"Every one of those officers were injured, whether physically or mentally," said IMPD Deputy Chief Brian Mahone. "There are scars. Nobody wants to shoot someone and take a life."
Police will review 911 tapes and work with the coroner's office to piece together the timeline of events.