Officer Kills Man; 2 Arrested In Wal-Mart Shooting
Police: At Least 1 Man Fired At Officer
10:06 AM, Apr 10, 2009
An undercover police officer shot and killed a man in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store on Indianapolis' northwest side Thursday afternoon.The shooting happened about 100 yards from the front entrance of the store in the 4500 block of Lafayette Road just after 2 p.m., causing a chaotic scene outside the store, 6News' Sarah Cornell reported.Jose Waidestran, 27, was taken to Methodist Hospital, where he died, said Indianapolis police Sgt. Paul Thompson.Police said they had been investigating three men in a car for possible drug offenses when something went wrong."During the investigation which involved the sale of narcotics to undercover officers, one of the suspects did something that caused the officer to believe that he was in jeopardy," Thompson said.The officer fired several shots, striking Waidestran in the torso. The other two men were arrested. No one else fired shots.Waidestran had prior convictions in traffic-related incidents in 2005 and 2008.A long stream of cars exited the store shortly after the shooting, but not before occupants were checked by police -- a process that took several hours."I didn't even hear anything. All I saw was 100 cop cars driving this way and they next thing I know someone got shot and they are taping it off and they won't let me get in to get a drink," said witness Cole Proctor.
Officers said they were relieved that no one else was hurt during the ordeal."I don't know what the closest proximity of any other people were," Thompson said. "There was no one between the suspect and the officer."Police did not release the names the other suspects in the incident or the officer.The Wal-Mart store opened in 2008 with more than 400 employees.
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