RTV6 has obtained dramatic video of a police-involved shooting in Lawrence late Friday depicted what police described as one of two ambush-style attacks on officers.
IMPD spokesman Kendale Adams said Fortville K9 Officer Matt Fox, 29, was attempting to perform a traffic stop 800 North Carroll Road in Lawrence about 11:30 p.m., but the suspect wouldn't stop.
"Shut the vehicle off. Put your hands out the window. Do it now, Fox demanded in the video.
The stop was eventually made at 7817 High View Drive, but before Fox could get out of the vehicle, the suspect, James Lockhart, 27, of Indianapolis, ambushed him with gunfire from a high-powered weapon, police said.
Fox was hit in the wrist area, and the bullet ricocheted and hit in his head. His bulletproof vest stopped a shot to the chest, sources told RTV6.
Despite being seriously injured from gunshot wounds at close range, Fox was able to call for help.
"As assisting officers were arriving, the now injured officer was able to provide a description of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving," said Indianapolis police spokesman Kendale Adams.
Lockhart then fled in a white Volvo into nearby apartment complex Grand Reserve. There was no other way in or out of the complex, so Indianapolis police and Lawrence police set up outside the complex to wait for him to come out.
Lockhart then drove out of the complex, struck an Indianapolis police car, exited his vehicle and began firing shots from a high-powered automatic weapon at officers, Adams said.
Officers from Indianapolis and Lawrence returned fire, killing Lockhart.
IMPD Officer Andrew Branham was grazed by a bullet. He was treated at the scene early Saturday morning and released.
A Lawrence K9 named Danny was still in his kennel and was wounded in the shooting. He was treated and released Saturday.
Police said Lockhart was previously arrested in 2004 on suspicion of battery, resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana.
"This individual had no regard for life," Adams said.
Fox remains hospitalized at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in good condition.
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