An Indianapolis cop shot a 48-year old black man in his own home Tuesday after the man called out police to respond to a robbery, authorities say.
Carl Williams called police out to his home at 3636 Foxtail Drive to deal with an armed robber who had threatened his wife with a gun and tried to steal her car at around 4:30am.
Officer Christopher Mills responded with his partner but when he saw Williams, Mills shot him, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said.
Mills,a nine year veteran with the East District police, hit Williams in the stomach once, It’s not known if he fired other shots,His partner an eight year veteran, did not fire.
Williams was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital in serious condition and is expected to survive.
‘Our homeowner, the individual who was trying his best protect himself and his wife from any other harm, was shot mistakenly by our officers,’ IMPD Major Richard Riddle in a press conference Tuesday.
‘This incident occurred within a few seconds, and those judgment calls are made within a few split seconds.
‘She was victimized, and unfortunately now, her husband was victimized as well.’
In an edited 911 call played to press, Williams was heard telling the dispatcher that a black male in a red shirt with a ‘long gun’ had stolen the keys to his wife’s black Nissan Sentra, IndyStar reported.
At the end of the phone call, Williams whose wife was also heard sobbing in the background was heard saying ‘Is that him?’ apparently in reference to the robber.
The call is then disconnected and the operator is unable to re-establish a connection.
According to the IMPD, Mills and his partner approached the house and saw the black vehicle still stationary in the driveway.
Concerned that the armed robber was still on the premises, police said, the officers attempted ‘to approach in a covert manner to investigate the vehicle.’
Williams then exited his garage holding a handgun, the IndyStar said, and was shot.
It’s not clear what if any – words were exchanged, or whether Williams resembled the description of the robber given to cops.
But police said there was no indication that Williams held the weapon in a threatening way.
Mills is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, per department policy. Investigators have not yet spoken to Williams, as he was rushed to hospital for treatment.
Police did not find the carjacker. He is described as a black male with a light complexion, wearing a red and white jacket and a dark colored ball cap.