Police ID suspect fatally shot by IMPD officers

Suspect identified as Kent Norman

INDIANAPOLIS - Police have identified the suspect who was killed Saturday afternoon in an officer-involved shooting on the east side.

Police said Kent Norman, 51, was shot and killed by officers inside a home where he was allegedly attempting to kill his 74-year-old mother.

The shooting occurred around 4:30 p.m. on the 1800 block of Heather Circle, about a block south of the intersection of 21st Street and Mitthoeffer Road.

Emergency dispatchers received a call Saturday afternoon from someone inside a home in the area. The caller didn't speak to dispatchers, but yelling and threats were audible in the background, they said.

Officers arrived on scene but received no response to their knocks, according to neighbor Clint Harris.

"I was outside with my dog and the police was coming around the corner with their guns already drawn out, so one of the officers told me to go back inside," Harris said. "And I saw them knock on the door and, about three to four minutes later, they kicked in the door."

Inside the home, police said they found a man holding a knife.

"They came in contact with an individual wielding some type of weapon," said IMPD Officer Chris Wilburn. "It wasn't a gun, but at that point they felt that their lives were in danger. They asked this individual multiple times to drop their weapon, but he did not. He came toward the officers and they were forced to use their department-issued guns and fire at him."

The suspect, Kent Norman, of Indianapolis, was struck by the officers' fire and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbor Yvonne Small said she was shocked when she heard what had happened.

"It's just surprising, because nothing ever happens here," she said. "You hear a dog bark every once in a while, but other than that, nothing really. It's very, very quiet."

Neighbors said a husband and wife lived in the home with their adult son, and had for nearly 30 years. The son was seen shoveling snow outside of the home just a few hours before it became the site of a lethal shooting.

Neither the officers nor two people located inside the home, both in their 70s, were injured, police said, and no minors were involved.

The shooting is the fifth this year involving IMPD officers. On January 2, officers fired at a suspect, but missed. On January 9, IMPD reported two shootings involving officers. In one of those a suspect was struck in the leg.

On January 15, 27-year-old Donte Sowell was shot and killed by police near 38th Street and Mitthoeffer Road after Sowell allegedly fired at IMPD Officer Javed Richards.

Richards was shot in the foot, but was released from the hospital the next day.

The officers involved in Saturday's shooting were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, which police said is standard procedure when officers are involved in a shooting.

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