INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis police were on the scene early Tuesday morning after officers stopped a near-robbery and were involved in a shooting with the suspect.
Indianapolis police (IMPD) said sometime around 3 a.m., officers were patrolling the area of 21st Street and Shadeland Avenue (see map below). They saw a car driving around suspiciously near the Circle K gas station on the southwest corner of the intersection, with the car circling the gas station.
The officers said they watched as a man got out of the car and the car drove away. The man was reportedly armed and looked as though he meant to hold up the gas station.
Investigators said the man was just about to enter the gas station, and was even already communicating with the employees inside, when the officers confronted him.
"The officers acted very quickly -- very professionally -- and ended (the robber's) quest for harm," IMPD officer Christopher Wilburn said.
Officers pulled up to the Circle K and ordered the man to drop his weapon. They said he refused to drop his long, semi-automatic rifle he was holding, and made movements indicating he was going to fire the rifle. That's when one of the officers shot him.
"These officers were at the right place at the right time," Wilburn said. "It was good police work."
IMPD said that man was taken away breathing and alert by EMS crews. He's said to be stable.
IMPD said the other person inside the suspect vehicle was found after the shooting, a few blocks away from the scene. That woman is now being questioned and detectives are also checking on the gas station's surveillance footage.
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