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Merit Board to decide if two IMPD officers in fatal shooting of Aaron Bailey will keep their jobs

Posted at 10:50 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-07 17:23:16-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers involved in the fatal shooting of Aaron Bailey should learn their fate sometime this week. 

Officers Carlton Howard and Michel Dinnsen were suspended and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Bryan Roach has recommended their firing to the Civilian Review Board. 

A three-day hearing process before the board will begin Tuesday and is slated to run through Thursday. 

READ | Trial date set for officers involved in fatal shooting of Aaron Bailey

A special prosecutor on the case did not file any criminal charges against the officers involved in the shooting but a Federal Civil lawsuit is still pending. The date for that trial has been set for March 2019, but the federal court is encouraging both sides to settle in the case. They're scheduled to meet for a settlement conference in June. 

READ | No charges for IMPD officers involved in fatal shooting of Aaron Bailey

Bailey was driving just before 2 a.m. on June 29 when police pulled him over for a traffic violation near the intersection of Burdsal Parkway and Riverside Drive. For still-unknown reasons, Bailey sped from the scene and crashed into a tree near the intersection of 23rd and Aqueduct streets.

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Moments after the crash, two IMPD officers who had pursued Bailey exited their vehicle and fired multiple rounds, striking Bailey four times.

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An autopsy determined Bailey suffered gunshot wounds to his back, chest and upper shoulder areas. His family said they counted at least 11 bullet holes in his vehicle.

Police say no weapon was found inside Bailey’s car or in his possession.

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