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Seven killed by police in Indy this year

Posted: 6:58 PM, Sep 10, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-10 22:58:58Z

An Indiana State Trooper shot and killed a suspect on the northwest side of Indianapolis Thursday, marking at least the seventh fatal police-action shooting in Indy this year.

The shooting was reported around 2:45 p.m. at the Eagle Pointe Apartments – the same location where IMPD Office Rod Bradway was shot and killed in September 2013. 

Very few details were immediately available, although it was known that the state police trooper was shot in the hand, and the suspect was shot and killed.

The shooting is the 17th officer-involved shooting in Indianapolis this year. Sixteen of those involved IMPD officers. Police say there were 19 officer-involved shootings this time last year. Four police-action shootings in 2014 ended in fatalities.

The last suspect fatally shot by police in Indianapolis was 15-year-old Andre Green in August. Police said they feared for their lives when Green attempted to use his vehicle as a weapon against officers.

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In June, a high-speed chase ended with police shooting and killing 34-year-old Joshua Dyer. Another man inside the vehicle, Matthew Cole, 41, was taken into custody on charges of resisting law enforcement and driving without a license.

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Indianapolis police shot and killed two suspects in April. One of those suspects, 23-year-old Alexander Myers, allegedly fired at police with a rifle from the porch of his home.

The second man, 36-year-old Mack Long, was fatally shot during a struggle with officers following a traffic stop.

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Police also killed one person in each of the first two months of the year.

In February, 51-year-old Kent Norman was shot and killed inside an east side home where he was allegedly attempting to kill his 74-year-old mother.

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In January, 27-year-old Donte Sowell was killed in an "intense firefight" with IMPD and a private security guard.

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Sowell's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Indianapolis this week, alleging several of the details police reported about the shooting were untrue.

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A man was also killed in June by Beech Grove police. Officers described it afterward as a "classic case of suicide by cop."

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