POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS (National, Local/Indianapolis): Law enforcement: "A black homeowner called 911 to reporet a carjacking. He wound up getting shot by police." ....
* Washington Post: "A black homeowner called 911 to report a carjacking. He wound up getting shot by police." - From the WP:
An Indianapolis homeowner who called police to report an attempted armed robbery at his house was apparently mistaken for the suspect and shot in the stomach by a responding officer, authorities said.
Carl Williams, a 48-year-old black man, called 911 early Tuesday morning and told the emergency dispatcher that an armed man tried to assault his wife outside their home, then stole her car keys and drove away in her car, according to a statement from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. When two officers arrived at the property on the city’s east side, the homeowner, who was also armed and apparently prepared to confront the carjacker, emerged from his home, a law enforcement official told ABC affiliate RTV6. Apparently confusing him for the suspect, Christopher Mills, a white, nine-year veteran of the force, then shot Williams in the stomach, police said. Williams was taken to a nearby hospital. Police said Wednesday morning that he was in serious but stable condition and was expected to survive.
“This is a tragic incident involving a homeowner attempting to protect his family and IMPD officers trying to do the same thing,” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief Randal Taylor said during a news conference. “Of course our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the homeowner.”
In 911 audio released by police, the homeowner was heard telling a dispatcher that a man — armed with a rifle and wearing a red shirt and a hat — had tried to assault the caller’s wife. A woman sobbed in the background, and the caller repeatedly told the woman, “Calm down, baby; calm down.” He told the dispatcher that the attacker stole the couple’s Nissan Sentra and that there was only one way out of the housing complex. Seconds later, he shouted, “Oh wait, is that him? Is that him?” — then they were disconnected.
It’s unclear whether Williams matched the description of the carjacker, whether he confronted the officers or whether the officers told him to drop his weapon. [Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief Randal] Taylor and Maj. Richard Riddle said at the news conference that authorities were not yet certain whether the officer gave Williams any such orders, according to the Indianapolis Star. In the dispatch audio, no conversation can be heard between Williams and the officers ................