(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – Dramatic bodycam footage shows how two police officers were wounded in a gunfight in Lawrence, Indiana, after a suspect fired at them with an AR-style rifle.
You can watch the video of what happened at the bottom of this post.
A release by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and the bodycam videos reveal that the shootout with its officers occurred on April 20 during a firearms probe with the Lawrence Police Department.
The police were investigating 46-year-old Daniel Ghebrehiwet and were surveilling a home in the 9100 block of East 36th Street.
The officers noticed that Ghebrehiwet left the house carrying a soft rifle case. He drove off in a black Toyota Sienna with another person in the passenger seat.
The IMPD says the police officers followed the suspect and tried to pull him over.
However, Ghebrehiwet refused to stop and drove behind the nearby houses, where he was forced to pull over due to the terrain.
At that point, the suspect pulled out an AR-style rifle and started shooting at the two police cars following him.
Security camera footage from a nearby business shows how Ghebrehiwet drives past a parking lot, into a grassy area, with two IMPD cars chasing him.
He started shooting at the four officers even before they had stopped their cars and discharged at least 15 shots.
Bodycam footage from one of them, Detective DeLeon, shows he was wounded in his leg.
“I’m hit, I’m hit,” DeLeon says before he collapses to the ground after exiting his vehicle.
Bodycam footage from another officer, Detective Phelps, shows a police car with multiple bullet holes, with numerous shots heard.
“Police! Drop the gun,” Phelps yells, but he is also hit by gunfire.
“I got hit in the stomach,” the detective says.
Subsequent footage shows that Ghebrehiwet’s shooting ceases, and Phelps and the two other officers, Harris and Wallace, move toward the suspect.
The slowly approaching officers can see that the back window of Ghebrehiwet’s van was shot out.
His passenger had fled the scene on foot but was arrested later under an unrelated drug warrant from the local county.
Wounded Detectives De Leon and Phelps were both briefly hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Here is the video: