Police officers, 3 others shot on city's east side

Police: Unclear who shot whom

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis police have identified a man who was killed in a struggle that left an officer and two others shot, but few details have been released about who shot whom.

Four officers were working a targeted enforcement on the city's east side Tuesday night when they saw an SUV drive through a stop sign at 36th and Gale streets, police said.

Officers stopped the SUV at 36th Street and Sherman Drive, and after the driver told them he didn't have a valid license, they ordered all five people out of the vehicle, police said.

As Officer Bryan Zotz began to remove the backseat passengers, he and Officer Jason Ross both saw William Morris, 24, reach down between his feet and grab a handgun, police said.

Despite commands to drop the gun, Morris continued to raise the weapon, prompting Zotz and Ross to fire into the vehicle, shooting Morris, police said.

Zotz was shot in the arm during the struggle, but department spokesman Sgt. Linda Jackson said it's unclear if Morris fired his weapon.

Backseat passengers Jamie Brown, 20, and Famous Thompson, 26, were also shot during the struggle, but it's unclear who they were shot by, Jackson said.

Morris was pronounced dead a short time later. He was on parole at the time of the shooting, with previous convictions for carrying a handgun without a license, criminal recklessness, resisting law enforcement and intimidation.

Brown and Thompson's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Zotz is a 12-year veteran of the department. He is expected to be released from Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital on Wednesday.

"These officers were proactively patrolling the area, doing exactly what we have asked of them," Assistant Indianapolis police Chief Ron Hicks said in a news release. "The officers displayed exemplary professionalism in their response to the entire incident. Our prayers are with Officer Zotz and his family as he recovers from his injury, and also with the other officers and civilians involved in incident."

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