Indianapolis SWAT Kills Man Holding Woman Hostage

INDIANA – On Sunday, October 2, 2022, just after 10:00 a.m., IMPD Southwest District officers were dispatched to 524 South Holt Road, on a report of a domestic disturbance with a weapon. Upon arrival, officers learned an adult female was inside the residence being held against her will by her ex-boyfriend, who was armed with a gun. Officers requested the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team to respond to the location for an armed barricaded with a hostage.

SWAT and IMPD’s Hostage Negotiators arrived began speaking with the suspect. While SWAT members were outside the bedroom door, they heard a shot fired from inside the bedroom where the hostage and suspect were located. SWAT team members made entry into the bedroom. They engaged the suspect, and four SWAT members fired their department issued weapons, striking the suspect. Simultaneously, the adult female was rescued from the bedroom and taken to a safe location outside of the residence. A SWAT team medic, who was staged on scene entered the residence and medically evaluated the suspect. Unfortunately, the suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Detectives located a handgun and machete in the bedroom where the suspect was holding the hostage. (a photo of the firearm and knives are attached)

Multiple body-worn cameras were activated during this incident.

The Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency responded to identify and collect potential forensic evidence. The Marion County Coroner’s Office (MCCO) will assist and determine the exact cause and manner of death. The MCCO will release the name of the decedent once a proper next-of-kin notification has been made.

Marion County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

No officers or uninvolved citizens were injured during this incident.


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