Black Man Shot By Cop After Reporting Robbery
A 48-year-old homeowner is recovering after being shot by an Indianapolis police officer after reporting a robbery.
ABC 6 reports that the man, identified as Carl Williams, called 911 at 4:34 a.m. Tuesday morning to alert law enforcement officials that his wife had been the victim of an attempted armed carjacking in their home’s driveway.
As Williams communicated with dispatchers, police were reportedly on their way to his home. He told 911 that a man with a gun approached his wife’s car and tried to rob her, sources say.
Throughout the duration of the call, the man repeatedly attempted to calm his wife down as she relayed what happened to him so that he could inform dispatchers. Multiple officers responded and dispatchers told those officers the suspect was last seen in a black car, according to reports.
Officials say the officers were unaware that the black car still sitting in the driveway when they arrived was actually the woman’s car.
At the end of Williams 3-minute call with 911, he said, “Is that him?” before the line disconnected. Dispatchers attempted to reconnect with him several times to no avail.
At the same time, members of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) arrived on the scene and saw a black car in the driveway with its lights on. At this point, officials say the officers believed this was the suspect’s car and they starting looking for him. Moments later, Williams came out of the garage with a gun in his hand and police fired shots.
He was shot once in the stomach and is expected to recover. The officer who shot him was identified by IMPD as Officer Christopher Mills, a nine-year veteran of the force.
“It was a very tragic, unfortunate situation that happened this morning,” IMPD Mayor Richard Riddle told ABC 6.
Per department policy, IMPD’s Internal Affairs Unit, along with the Critical Incident Response Team, have launched separate investigations into the shooting. Mills is currently on administrative duty pending the investigation’s completion.
The suspect still remains at large, and is described as a Black male of light complexion. He was last seen wearing a red and white jacket and a dark colored ball cap. Authorities are asking those with information leading to his arrest to call Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 317- 262-8477. He is believed to be armed with a long rifle.