Carl Williams, a Black Indianapolis, Ind. man, was shot by city police after reporting a robbery at his home. According to reports, Williams was shot by an officer in the stomach after responding to an officer knocking at the door.
The Indianapolis Star reports:
Questions remain about how homeowner Carl Williams, 48, who called police to say his wife was robbed at gunpoint, approached officers as they arrived at the scene.
It’s unclear if what Williams was wearing matched the description of the robbery suspect, or whether he raised his weapon before being wounded.
But officials are certain that the incident should not have ended with the man hospitalized after being shot by one of the very officers he called for help.
“Our homeowner, the individual who was trying his best protect himself and his wife from any other harm, was shot mistakenly by our officers,” IMPD Maj. Richard Riddle said during a Tuesday afternoon news conference. “This incident occurred within a few seconds, and those judgment calls are made within a few split seconds.
“She was victimized, and unfortunately now, her husband was victimized as well.”
The IMPD added in their report that Williams described the suspect in his home as a Black man wearing a red shirt and armed with a rifle. In a frantic 911 call, Williams can be heard consoling his wife and apparently looking to confront the robbery suspect.
IMPD Chief Troy Riggs, who is white, has put his assistant police chief, Randal Taylor, to update the public at news conferences. The officer has been placed on administrative leave as an investigation ensues. Williams was taken to a local hospital and listed in serious condition but is expected to survive.
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