Indy man killed by IMPD following traffic stop is identified as a convicted murderer

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis man shot and killed by IMPD on Indy’s near east side is identified as a convicted murderer.

The incident which marks the first officer involved shooting on 2024.

The shooting took place following a traffic stop near Rural and Brookside Parkway North Drive.

Stepping out of the passenger side of a car just before 5:30 Thursday night, IMPD claims a wanted felon named Raphael Dekemper immediately fired shots at officers who returned fire, killing the 48-year-old.

IMPD shared pictures of one squad car struck by bullets and insist a handgun was located next to the suspect.

“This individual was wrong to pull his gun on a police officer,” said Rev. David Greene.

Reverend David Greene with the Concerned Clergy has been critical of IMPD at times, but admits the use of force in this case appears justified.

“We want our police officers to go home safely.   We so we don’t expect police to take fire and not fire back.  They should fire back,” said Greene.

Court records show Dekemper was convicted of murder in Marion County in 1997.  After serving two decades in prison he was released in 2017.

This month the convicted killer allegedly violated a protective order and fired shots at a home on Bolton avenue.

That resulted in charges being filed and a warrant being issued for his arrest this week.

“Our officers are doing what we want them to do, being focused in their approach going after the small number of people responsible for violence in our community,” said IMPD acting chief Chris Bailey.

For their part IMPD pointed out only a tiny percentage of the more than 680,000 runs made last year resulted in 18 police shootings.

At the same time, the department is finalizing a plan to hire an outside group to review why officer involved shootings increased last year.

“We don’t want it to occur ever,” said Bailey.  “So I’m begging you, lets change this together. We can do it.  This is avoidable. Let’s do it.”

No officers were hurt in the shooting.

The IMPD Critical Incident Response Team responded to the scene to conduct the criminal investigation.   A separate administrative investigation is being conducted by IMPD Internal Affairs.

The civilian-majority Use of Force Review Board will conduct a mandatory hearing for any attempted use of deadly force against a person. This occurs after the conclusion of the criminal process.

The Police Officer Support Team (POST) responded to provide peer support for officers.  The IMPD Chaplain’s Office responded to assist with those involved.

The IMPD Victims Assistance unit responded to assist officers and detectives.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Dustin Keedy at the homicide office by calling 317-327-3475.  Alternatively, anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.

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