Officer Loses Eye, Suspect At-Large Following Shooting

Note: Kenya Wright has been apprehended -- Updated Story

An Indianapolis police officer who was shot in the face following a traffic stop late Sunday had his right eye removed during emergency surgery Monday, police said.

Officer Michael Antonelli, a 2½ year veteran of the force, was in intensive care at Wishard Memorial Hospital on Monday morning, recovering after more than eight hours of surgery, Indianapolis Police Department spokesman Lt. Lloyd Crowe said.

Police have been looking for Kenya Wright, 26, the man they believe shot Antonelli on the city's northeast side Sunday night.

Antonelli is expected to survive, but officials said it's unclear what impact the loss of his right eye might have on his career.

The bullet that hit Antonelli in the eye also shattered his jaw, but he was able to call for help on his police radio. Antonelli broadcast a description of the man who shot him, police said.


Officers descended on a home in the 4100 block of North Kenmore Avenue Monday morning when an anonymous caller told them Wright may be hiding there. The information turned out the be wrong, but police are encouraged by the number of tips they are receiving, RTV6's Jack Rinehart reported.

"We are receiving several tips on the whereabouts of the suspect," IPD Lt. William Benjamin said. "We can't let a lead go untapped, so we're basically following the leads that we get. Hopefully, we can bring this thing to an end and get that person responsible."

Antonelli was shot at about 10 p.m. during a traffic stop in the 900 block of North Dearborn Street. Police said Wright got out of a car and began fighting with Antonelli before drawing a weapon.

Police said Wright fired five shots, only one of which struck Antonelli, before fleeing on foot between some houses.

Authorities said they believe Wright is still in Indianapolis and they are confident he will be caught.

Police urged anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-8477.

Shooting Happened In Troubled Neighborhood

East district police had been keeping a close eye on the 900 block of North Dearborn Street lately, amid complaints about narcotics, drug activity and prostitution going on less than a block from an Indianapolis public school.

"I just wish that we'd spent more hours," IPD Officer Rich Weaver said. "Maybe it was one more gun we could have gotten off the street and kept this from occurring."

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