The thief attempted to steal the vehicle, but fled on foot when it would not start.
When police arrived, the man opened his garage door and came out holding his weapon. An officer who has not been identified opened fire. The armed homeowner was shot “at least once” in the midsection and was taken to the hospital in serious condition.
It is not yet known if the officer spoke with the homeowner before firing, or if the latter’s gun was pointed in the officer’s direction.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with him and the rest of the family,” Randal Taylor, the assistant chief of investigations for Indianapolis police told the Indy Channel. “Just an unfortunate occurrence.”
A reporter for the Indy Star, Vic Ryckaert, live-tweeted his conversation with a neighbor, who was concerned about the police shooting.
"I think that's really crazy. What do we have, trigger-happy police officers out here now?" neighbor Angela Parrott told Ryckaert.
The robbery suspect remains at large.
A grand jury will review the police shooting, representatives with the Fraternal Order of Police and Internal Affairs will be involved in the investigation.