Unarmed Motorist Shot Dead By Indianapolis Police, Family Demands Answers

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An Indianapolis man died Thursday morning after being shot by police and his family wants to know why, reports CBS Indianapolis affiliate WTTV.

The deadly incident officer involved shooting took place around 2 o’clock on the city’s near northwest side.

Police say it started with a routine traffic stop, with the driver leading officers on a high-speed chase before crashing near an intersection.

At some point following that crash, two officers shot and killed the driver, identified as 45-year-old Aaron Bailey.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Bryan Roach didn’t come out and openly defend his officers when he addressed reporters later Thursday, but he didn’t say they were in the wrong.

The chief said he didn’t have enough information to know whether the shooting was justified.

“This is something every city, police chief and mayor hopes never happens, but it has happened here in Indianapolis,” Roach said.

He said no weapon was found inside Bailey’s car, adding the department’s policy is clear on when officers have the right to use deadly force.

“All I know is that, at some point, to be within policy, the officers had to be in fear for their life. So there had to be something that was done in to trigger that mindset in our officers,” Roach said.

Bailey’s daughter told WTTV she’s heartbroken and confused. “I want justice and I want answers,” she said. “My father didn’t deserve this. I wasn’t there. There’s three sides to every story – there’s his side, the police side and God’s side. But the truth will come out.”

Robert Polk, who owns much of the property around where the shooting happened, told the station that, while he has concerns, he wouldn’t criticize police just yet for how they responded.

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  • Buddy Jones

    This country needs to stop this thing where we let the cops investigate themselves , When bad cops do wrong other copos cover for them . This makes all cops bad.. It is time for the public to put a stop to these thugs. We need people who will stand up and take this trash out once and for all when these cops go too far . Men who are willing to do what the in-justice system wont do . Cops who kill people , unjustified need to be killed too . Cops must follow the rules too.. Courts and law protect this trash , let it be no more this way ..