A suspect is in custody after a morning shooting of a Columbus police officer. That’s after the suspect exchanged gunfire with an Indiana State Police SWAT team before being captured, according to officials.
Police had cordoned off an area around the Columbus wastewater treatment plant near Southside Elementary School this morning after a fleeing suspect shot at and injured a Columbus police officer.
The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department reported this morning that they were searching for white man with red/brown hair and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, jeans and a ball cap. He is believed to be around 6 feet tall, 190 pounds and is in his late 30s or early 40s.
Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police said that the officer who was hit was Sgt. Josh McCrary. He said he did not know if McCrary had been hit by a bullet or debris. He was treated at Columbus Regional Hospital and released.
Columbus Police Lt. Matt Harris says that a Columbus officer tried to pull over a vehicle at 11th and Washington streets at about 4:30 a.m., when the driver took off. Bartholomew County deputies deployed tire-deflation devices near Garden City, which they believe the suspect struck. He then drove off on a gravel road near the water treatment plant, driving to a tree line. He then fired shots at officers, hitting a Columbus officer, before running into the woods, Harris said.
The Sheriff’s Department announced at about 1 p.m. that the suspect was in custody and they had called off the search. Wheeles said that the suspect was hit by police gunfire and his condition is unknown. All officers on the scene are uninjured, he said.