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INDIANAPOLIS — Indy Metro Police arrested one man and shot another on the city’s east side Friday evening. The man they shot has since died.

Investigators say there was a police chase involving a suspect – later identified as 30-year-old Demarqus Whitley – who was wanted on several warrants. But, when Whitley arrived near Ruskin Place and North Mitchner Avenue, he and a passenger got out of the car and ran.

While police were chasing the passenger, who has not yet been identified, they claim they saw him pull something from his waistband.

He was eventually shot and taken to Methodist Hospital in critical condition, but he did not survive. Officers note that they found a gun where the man had been shot.

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Whitley was spotted hiding under a vehicle on Ruskin Place, and he was arrested “without further incident.” He was also taken to the hospital after complaining of an eye injury.

The man was wanted in connection with the thefts of guns from various cars in the Broad Ripple area. Prior to this incident, he was already facing charges for crimes including the unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle.

No officers were hurt, but the officer who fired shots is on administrative leave at this time, as is standard. Footage from a body-worn camera may be released in the near future.

Police are still investigating. This was IMPD’s 16th officer-involved shooting this year.

If you know anything about this, please call the IMPD Homicide Office, or contact Crime Stoppers.

Contact Numbers:

Detective Michael Wright


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