Police Shoot A Black Homeowner Who Called To Report A Robbery
Police still don’t know what the nine-year Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department veteran said, if anything, to an armed east-side homeowner before shooting him once in the stomach early Tuesday.
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.”
Yeah, seems like when it comes to shooting black people those “split second judgment calls” are always to squeeze the trigger…
When they arrived outside the home, officers saw a black Nissan sedan backed into the driveway with the lights on, Taylor said. Officers took cover and ran the plates of the vehicle.
But before police could learn who owned the car, the garage door opened and the homeowner came out.
That is when nine-year veteran Officer Christopher Mills shot Williams once in the abdomen, Taylor said. It’s unclear if more rounds were fired. A second officer on the scene, an eight-year veteran, did not fire his weapon.
Ah, the joys of being black and calling the police for assistance…
Get well soon, Carl Williams.
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