Indianapolis man fatally shot in police raid watched officers on cameras; 4 officers wounded

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A man who was shot and killed by police after allegedly wounding four SWAT officers watched them approach the suspected drug house on surveillance cameras, Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A man who was shot and killed by police after allegedly wounding four SWAT officers watched them approach the suspected drug house on surveillance cameras, Indianapolis' public safety director said.

Police said that Andrew Sizemore, 27, of Indianapolis died Wednesday when officers returned fire after Sizemore allegedly shot and wounded four SWAT officers. None of those officers suffered life-threatening injuries, and two remained hospitalized Thursday.

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said that Sizemore apparently watched approaching police on the home's surveillance cameras. He said the house was heavily protected and set up to support the suspects' drug-selling operations.

The home's surveillance cameras would have allowed the occupants to prepare for the officers.

"That put our officers at a disadvantage, but they overcame it," Riggs told The Indianapolis Star.

Police arrested five people inside the house and confiscated heroin, hundreds of prescription pills, 13 guns and $126,000 in cash. Police estimated the street value of the seized items at $500,000 to $750,000.

Police said a woman at the home was detained for questioning and four vehicles were also confiscated and towed from the home.

Riggs said the gun battle could be a harbinger of things to come as police take the fight to suspected criminals' doorsteps.

"None of us want these things to happen," Riggs said, "but at the end of the day with the aggressiveness with which your police department is going after those who are committing criminal acts, this is always a possibility."


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