Off-duty Indianapolis police officer shoots fellow officer, flees to Cincinnati

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Police officer shot by off-duty officer in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — An off-duty Indianapolis police officer shot a fellow officer and fled to Cincinnati, where he was later arrested, according to police.

Both officers — the suspect and the victim — work at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, said Maj. Richard Riddle.

Around 7 p.m. CDT, officers responded to a call from the estranged wife of a police officer about domestic violence, he said.

After the initial visit from officers, a special investigations unit detective was sent to do followup work at the scene.

The SIU unit investigates criminal complaints or criminal allegations involving police officers and other public safety officials in the city of Indianapolis.

While the detective was at the scene at around 10:30 p.m., the suspect re-emerged at the apartment and started shooting. One of the bullets struck the detective in the elbow.

Suspect worked 18 years for Indianapolis police

The detective returned fire, but missed. The suspect then fled the scene in his personal car. The suspect’s estranged wife and children were inside the apartment when the shooting occurred, but they were not injured.

Investigators figured out that the suspect was traveling toward Cincinnati, Ohio, and notified the police there. Early Saturday morning, he was arrested in Cincinnati without further incident.

The suspect has not been formally charged yet, pending extradition to Indiana, said Riddle. His name will be released once that process is complete, he said.

The suspect worked for the Indianapolis police for 18 years and is now suspended without pay pending termination. Indianapolis police said his police vehicle and duty belt have been recovered.

Riddle said he didn’t know if the two officers knew each other before the incident.

The detective, a 20-year veteran with the Indianapolis police, was at a local hospital in good condition.

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