An Indianapolis police officer was seriously wounded in a shootout that erupted while he was responding to a traffic accident late Sunday.
The incident happened shortly after 10 p.m. when the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department received reports of a crash involving a man in a red jacket who exposed himself and another man in a red car who appeared intoxicated and was acting strangely, WRTV-TV reports. When officers reached the scene, a man in a red jacket tried to flee before he began shooting.
Police returned fire, and the suspect and an officer were wounded in the exchange. A SWAT unit found the injured man, and he was taken to the hospital in serious condition.
The wounded officer was taken to the hospital in an Indianapolis Fire Department apparatus, and he was in serious but stable condition. He has been with the department for a year and is in field training.
No one else was injured in the shootout.
"We are blessed to have brave men and women who willingly put themselves in harms way on our behalf," Assistant Police Chief Chris Bailey wrote in social media post. "It’s an honor to wear the same badge.”