Update: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police on Nov. 14 released a critical incident video of a shooting that occurred in late September between a man and woman suspected of an armed robbery and three SWAT officers near Lucas Oil Stadium. Both the man and woman were taken to the hospital in critical condition where the man later died. This article was updated with additional details provided from the video.
Update: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police on Oct. 24 identified the woman shot by police in the case who has been charged with armed robbery. Previously, police identified the three officers who fired shots in this case as 21-year veteran Sergeant Jeremy Steward, 27-year veteran Officer Kenneth Kunz and 5-year veteran Officer Dalton Hair. This article was updated Sept. 26 with the name of the man who died in the police shooting.
A reported armed robbery at a south-side Indianapolis business Friday, Sept. 22 ended with two people, a man and a woman, being shot by SWAT officers near Lucas Oil Stadium.
Both people were taken to a hospital where they were listed in critical condition. Police confirmed the man died in the hospital the following day. He was identified as Ricktez Williams, 27, according to the Marion County Coroner's Office. Police identified the woman as 25-year-old Eriana Morris. Prosecutors have charged her with armed robbery.
Earlier that Friday, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department arrived at a business in the 2200 block of South Shelby Street near Garfield Park around 9 p.m. after a 911 call reported an armed robbery. Officers received a description of the suspects and the vehicle, which was located quickly by SWAT officers in the 600 block of South Missouri Street, police said.
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Members of the SWAT team attempted a grappler maneuver, a netting system deployed from the front of a police vehicle to stop the rear wheel of another fleeing vehicle, which was driven by a woman with a man in the passenger seat, IMPD spokesman William Young said.
"While performing the technique, the front seat passenger began firing shots at officers," Young said. "Several officers engaged the suspect returning fire, striking the suspect and the driver."
Dashboard video footage captured Williams extending his arm out of the passenger window and appearing to fire a weapon at police.
"He's doing something," said one officer moments before gunshots rang out. "That front seat passenger is doing something."
Seconds later, the car driven by Morris whips around and comes to a screeching halt. Both Morris and Williams exit the vehicle and three officers — later identified as 21-year veteran Sergeant Jeremy Steward, 27-year veteran Officer Kenneth Kunz and 5-year veteran Officer Dalton Hair — discharge their weapons.
From across the street, security camera footage showed Williams crumpling to the sidewalk as Morris, shot, dives behind a barrier. A swat officer on video calls for medics and a tourniquet be applied to Morris as she asks for help.
"Sir, I'm pregnant," Morris tells police.
IndyStar was not able to confirm with IMPD the status of Morris' condition at the time she was arrested.
"We would not provide information on whether someone was or was not pregnant unless it pertained to the investigation, a criminal act, or if it related to the extend of injuries involved," a spokesperson for IMPD said Tuesday.
Officers rendered aid when it was safe to do so, a spokesperson said, adding that no officers or employees of Lucas Oil Stadium were injured in the exchange of gunfire.
Police said the weapon fired by Williams had been reported stolen in 2022.
The three SWAT officers who fired their weapons were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure during a shooting in which the officer's use of deadly force against a suspect is investigated.
Indianapolis officers had shot a string of suspects in recent weeks leading up to the shooting near Lucas Oil Stadium, killing a man during a domestic violence call on the city's south side.
The Circle City Classic, a football matchup of historically black universities, is taking place this weekend at the stadium, beginning Friday with a coaches lunch, career fair and pep rally. No events were taking place there at the time of the shooting.
John Tufts covers evening breaking and trending news for the Indianapolis Star. Send him a news tip at JTufts@Gannett.com
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