A black man in Indiana called the police to report a robbery at his home, only to be shot by a cop who responded to the call.
Carl Williams, who lives in Indianapolis, called the police to report that his wife had been assaulted by a black suspect with a rifle. The responding officer, a nine year veteran on the force, mistook him for the assailant, according to the police account. Williams, who reportedly had his gun on him, was shot in the abdomen on sight.
At press time, Williams was fighting for his life in a hospital. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) has called it a “tragic incident.”
Speaking at a press conference, assistant chief Randal Taylor said: “First and foremost this is a tragic incident, involving a homeowner attempting to protect his family and the IMPD officers trying to do the same thing.
“And of course our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the homeowner and the family, who was mistakenly shot by our officer and we wish him a quick recovery.”