Teenager Shot By Johnson Co. Police After Pointing a Gun

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Teenager Shot By Johnson Co. Police After Pointing a Gun

The 17-year-old came out pointing a gun, said the sheriff.

NEW WHITELAND, Ind. (WISH) -- A 17-year-old was shot by police on Friday after pointing a firearm at them outside a home.

At 12:30 p.m., New Whiteland police were dispatched to a home in 700 block of Harvest Meadow Way in Whiteland,  Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said. A resident called 911 to say there was a runaway who had returned to the house with a firearm. 

New Whiteland officers went to the house, where the adult who called 911 came out to talk to officers. The boy came out of the house and pointed a gun at officers, Cox said. 

That's when police fired their weapons at the teenager, striking him "a couple of times," according to Cox. Officers then applied a tourniquet until medics arrived and took the suspect to Indianapolis hospital.

New Whiteland police asked the Johnson County Sheriff's Office to investigate the crime scene. It is not clear how the boy is connected to the residence where he pointed the gun at officers, Cox said.

The two people associated with the Friday incident are believed to be connected to the overnight pursuit. 

Police also arrested a man in his early 20s. He is being questioned about his involvement in the overnight pursuit.

The New Whiteland police chief will decide whether the officers involved will be put on administrative leave during the investigation, Cox said. 

Investigators believe the suspect is connected to an overnight pursuit where a person fired shots at police. 

According to News 8's newsgathering partners at The Daily Journal, armed suspects shot at police officers during an overnight pursuit in the same area. New Whiteland police tried to pull over a vehicle around 12:45 a.m. Friday near Tracy and Sawmill roads. A 15-minute pursuit ended when two men jumped out of the car, the car hit a sign, ran through a yard and hit a tree. During a chase on foot, one of the two suspects fired a shot at two officers, neither of whom was injured, New Whiteland Police Chief Joe Rynerson told the Daily Journal.  

An earlier version of this story said that a person had died in an incident with Whiteland Police. That person was shot by police, and was in the hospital Friday afternoon.  

 

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