Police launch manhunt after men open fire on troopers; 1 person in custody so far

Man considered armed and dangerous

INDIANAPOLIS - Local and state police were hunting for an armed and dangerous man early Friday morning on the city's northeast side after he and another person led them on a chase and opened fire on a state trooper's squad car.

Indiana State Police (ISP) and Indianapolis police (IMPD) said just before midnight, both agencies were on the northeast side investigating several reports of shots fired from a white four-door car around Lakeview Apartments near 21st Street and Mitthoeffer Road. (See map below.)

Authorities said two ISP troopers were in an unmarked squad car in the area when they noticed a suspicious-looking vehicle: a white 2002 Cadillac DTS. The troopers began to follow it without its overhead lights rotating.

The troopers said at some point, a man leaned out and fired a rifle multiple times in the squad car's direction. It didn't hit the car, but that did launch a chase.

ISP said the men crashed their car near 30th Street and Mitthoeffer Road (see map below), got out and ran. One of them was caught by police, but the other is still on the loose.

The rifle that was used in the shooting was later found in the search area, but this second man is still considered armed and dangerous as he may still have another weapon on him.

You can see in the image with this story where investigators found the rifle that was used in the shooting. ISP said the men threw the rifle from their car as they were fleeing, and it impaled a guardrail on Mitthoeffer just north of 25th Street.

Both suspects were described as being younger black males, in their late teens or early 20s. 

Authorities had set up a perimeter in the area as they searched for the second man, but that perimeter was reportedly released just before 4 a.m. Police still have not found the second man.

Over the course of the search, there were several dozen local and state police squad cars in the area with officers helping in the investigation. RTV6's Anne Kelly reports SWAT is on the scene as well as K-9 officers and the IMPD chopper. Lawrence police were also assisting.

You're advised to avoid the area if possible, and if you live in the area, stay inside.

If you have information on this man, you’re urged to report it to Indiana State Police at 800-582-8440 or local police at 317-327-3811. You can also always report information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS). Tips can also be texted with "INDYCS" to 274637.

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