Police fatally shoot robbery suspect at adult store
Victim's name not released
Last Updated: 36 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis police shot and killed a robbery suspect on the city's northeast side Wednesday morning.
Police said an armed man held up the adult bookstore at 45th Street and Keystone Avenue around 10:45 a.m.
Several witnesses and employees inside the store called 911 just minutes before an officer patrolling the area was dispatched to the scene.
The responding officer had a confrontation with the robbery suspect in the store's parking lot.
"At around 10:46 this morning, we received a 911 dispatch of a burglary, or a robbery, at this business. At that same time, the officer marked on scene. So he was really close when the run was dispatched. At some point in the parking lot here in front of the business, there was a confrontation between the officer and the suspect. The suspect was armed," IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey said.
Police said the officer, whose identity has not yet been released, deployed his stun gun, but the suspect did not surrender.
IMPD Chief Rick Hite said the suspect then pulled out a gun and fired at the officer, and the officer returned fire. Police said several shots were exchanged.
The suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Alfred Ferrell III, was hit and pronounced dead at the scene.
Hite said the officer took the right action.
"We're here to protect life and property. We're here to protect our citizens. Officers have to protect themselves. And when confronted with an armed subject, the training dictates we should take appropriate action. The subject was armed, as we understand it. And the officer took appropriate action," Hite said.
Hite said the officer will be placed on administrative leave, which is customary.
No other injuries were reported.
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