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INDIANAPOLIS — A shoplifting case ended with a police officer shot in Indianapolis Sunday evening. 

Metro police officers were sent to a Lowe’s Home Improvement store along 25th street on the east side on a shoplifting call. On their way there, Capt. Jerry Leary says they spotted a man who matched the description of the shoplifter. The officers gave chase.

“The officer caught up to the suspect,” Leary said. “A struggle ensued and during the struggle the officer was shot.”

Leary would not elaborate on if it was the suspect who shot the officer. He said the suspect fled after the shots were fired, but he was eventually tracked down and taken into custody.

As for the injured officers, Leary said he was treated at the scene and then taken to Eskanazi Hospital in a squad car. He said he’s in good condition.

“We have some fine men and women out there who are protecting our communities every day,” Leary said. “It is at times a dangerous — but a very, very rewarding — profession.”

“I am extremely grateful for the service of all the dedicated men and women of IMPD,” said City-County Council President Vop Osili. “I ask all residents to join me in praying for his quick and complete recovery and for the safety of all of our first responders.”