Indianapolis Cops Shoot Dead Man Pointing Gun at Public

Police fatally shot a man in Indianapolis on Thursday afternoon after he threatened others with a gun.

According to an impromptu news conference held by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer William Young, the Department received a call at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday reporting an armed individual in the 3900 block of Broadway Street, close to the intersection of North College Avenue and 38th Street.

Medical personnel were summoned to the location shortly after, as recorded in the internet police records.

After shooting and killing a 35-year-old man who they claimed brandished a pistol at others, police in Indianapolis released the man’s identity on Friday. The two officers who discharged their weapons were placed on administrative duty.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office reported that Lemar Brandon Qualls died on Friday at Methodist Hospital.

The man with a weapon was first reported from 38th Street. A 911 caller later stated that the man was on her porch, pointing the gun at her face. A second witness corroborated this account, saying that the man also pointed the gun at officers. A Springfield handgun, which may have been damaged during the shooting, was found on the porch steps, according to Bailey.

Just over two weeks before the incident, Qualls was released from Marion County Jail after his arrest on charges of domestic violence.

Two police officers pulled their weapons and shot Qualls. The situation escalated to the point that police had no choice but to use deadly force. The suspect was taken to a hospital, where he later died, according to a news statement from the police department.

Neither the police nor any bystanders were injured.

The police department’s Critical Event Response Team and Internal Affairs will conduct a more thorough investigation, and the civilian-controlled Use of Force Review Board will hold the necessary hearing.

The Use of Force Review Board, comprised of 75% civilians, will hold a mandatory hearing.