Police fired shots at a robbery suspect who tried to ram an officer with an SUV on Indianapolis' west side Thursday, police said.The Check 'n Go at 128 S. Girls School Road was held up just after 10 a.m.When the first officer arrived at the scene, he went inside the store and found a man holding the clerk at gunpoint, police said.The suspect then pointed the gun at the officer, who took cover, as the man ran out the back door of the business, police said.The second officer to arrive at the scene said he saw the suspect run from behind the strip mall and get into an SUV.The officer ordered the suspect to get out of the vehicle and show his hands, but the man put the SUV in reverse and rammed the officer's car, then drove forward and hit another car, police said.
With the officer still ordering the man to get out of the vehicle, the suspect put the SUV in reverse again and accelerated toward the officer, police said."The officer, fearing for his life, discharged his duty weapon, striking the rear of the SUV," said Indianapolis police spokesman Officer Anthony Schneider. "After the shots were fired, the suspect gave up and was taken into custody without further incident."After taking the suspect into custody, officers found another man in the passenger seat of the SUV. Police said they believe the robbery suspect carjacked the SUV, forcing the man into the passenger seat.The suspect was identified as Todd Murphy, 23. He was preliminarily charged with robbery, criminal confinement, attempted carjacking, resisting/fleeing law enforcement, pointing a firearm, attempted battery on a police officer and carrying a handgun without a license.No one was injured.
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