IMPD officer Gregory Stevens shot in leg on city's east side released from hospital

Suspect Charles Williams faces several charges

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer was released from Wishard Memorial Hospital early Tuesday after being shot in the leg.

The incident happened just after midnight at the Greenway Apartments near the 5300 block of East 21st Street, just four days after IMPD Officer Rod Bradway was killed in the line of duty.  

Witnesses said a group of at least 10 men were arguing outside the apartment building when shots were fired. Police reported two men were firing weapons at each other.

When the first officer arrived and entered the courtyard, he encountered a man with a gun and there was an exchange of gunfire, police said.

During the exchange, the officer, identified as Gregory Stevens, was struck in the leg, and a second officer fired his weapon.

Officer Stevens was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital in stable condition and was released just before 5 a.m. in good condition with expectations to make a full recovery.

"I can't wait to return to full-duty status to get back out on the streets with my fellow officers," Officer Stevens said.

Stevens is a Marine Corps veteran and served three tours in Iraq.

Top police officials and Mayor Greg Ballard headed to Wishard shortly after the shooting.

IMPD spokesman Christopher Bailey identified the suspect who was also injured in the shooting as 22-year-old Charles Williams, of Gary. Williams was listed in fair condition at Wishard and faced a preliminary charge of attempted murder and carrying a handgun without a license.

Neighbors said the apartment complex has a history of violence.

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