The Marion County Coroner’s Office announced on Friday the identity of an armed male who was fatally shot by a police officer in Indianapolis as he fled a traffic stop.
Gary Dwayne Harrell was 49 years old when the man was found.
Harrell was stopped by the officer for reckless driver at 9:40 am on Thursday morning in the northeast part of the city. Harrell was getting out of his patrol car when the officer began verbally interacting with him.
The statement said that the driver “went back to his seat in the vehicle, ignoring the officer’s verbal instructions,” and then fled from the vehicle with a firearm in his hand.
Police said that the officer shot Harrell after he chased him briefly and ordered him to stop.
Harrell was treated by police until the medics arrived. He was then pronounced dead in a hospital.
Police said it was unclear whether Harrell had fired any shots, or pointed his gun at the pursued officer. At the scene, a gun was found.
Police said that no officers were injured and the officer who fired the shot has been placed on leave.