An unarmed Indianapolis man was shot dead by police officers Thursday morning, leaving a grieving family answers.
According to CBS Indianapolis, the shooting took place around 2 a.m. Thursday on the city’s northwest side. The incident, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, started with a routine traffic stop, but the driver ended up leading police on a high-speed chase before crashing the car at an intersection.
The police chief hedged his words, not coming out and defending his officers right away, but also not declaring them in the wrong, either. The chief said that he does not yet have answers as to whether the shooting was justified.
“All I know is that at some point, to be within policy, the officers had to be in fear for their life. So there had to be something that was done … to trigger that mindset in our officers,” Roach added.
“I want justice and I want answers,” one of Bailey’s daughters told the news station. “My father didn’t deserve this. I wasn’t there. There’s three sides to every story—there’s his side, the police side and God’s side. But the truth will come out.”
Mayor Joe Hogsett released a statement about the incident, noting:
The loss of any life in our city is a tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers are with all individuals and families affected by last night’s incident. Our residents expect that IMPD will stringently follow protocol by fully investigating and reviewing the actions that were taken. We will continue to engage local faith and community leaders to reiterate a commitment to handling this process with openness, transparency, and compassion.