INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis fire station became a crime scene late Tuesday when police were involved in a shooting at its entrance.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the driver of a pickup truck refused to stop when an officer tried to pull the vehicle over around 11:48 p.m. at Holt Rd. and Troy Ave.
Three police cars chased the truck for about 1.5 miles to the driveway of Fire Station 81 on Bradbury Ave. in Wayne Township.
According to Sgt. Kendale Adams, three people, two men and a woman were in the truck. One of the men got out of the vehicle stopped in front of the station’s doors and fired shots toward officers. Shots hit one the IMPD cruisers but none of the officers were injured.
IMPD said its officers returned fire, shooting the suspect several times. The suspect was taken to Eskenazi Health in critical condition. The man’s identity was not immediately released.
Investigators took in the other two people in the truck for questioning.
“What we’re investigating is an attempted murder of a police officer. So, that investigation needs to be very delicate. It needs to be very thorough and our department is very good at making sure the steps are followed to make sure that everything happened in accordance to the way it should happen,” Sgt. Adams said.
Firefighters and medics housed in Station 81 had returned from a run of their own minutes before they heard sirens outside the firehouse.
“Our firetrucks circle around through the back lot where the incident happened and then pull into the firehouse so fortunately they had returned to the station. The doors were closed and they were safe inside the building when the whole incident went down,” Wayne Township Fire Captain Michael Pruitt said.
EMS personnel treated the injured suspect before he was taken to the hospital, Pruitt explained.
The firehouse was shut down while IMPD investigated. Other nearby fire stations were on call to respond to any needs in Station 81′s place while it was out of service.