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Wed Aug 24, 2016, 10:30 AM

Black man shot by police after reporting armed robbery at his home [View all]

The homeowner who alerted police was carrying a gun when the cops arrived, then he got shot. If he'd been white and carrying the gun, would the shot never have been fired? One does wonder...

A black man has been shot by US police after calling them out to his home to assist him and his wife with a robbery in Indiana.

Carl Williams, who lives in Indianapolis, rang the city's police department to say his wife had been assaulted by a black suspect with a rifle - but was then shot himself by the officer who arrived at the scene. In what the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) has called a "tragic incident", the 48-year-old was reportedly mistaken for his wife's assailant by a police officer with nine years' experience.

The shooting, which has left Mr Williams fighting for his life in hospital, is the latest in a series of similar incidents that have sparked a crisis in the US over race relations and police training.


This is part of the Indianopolis assistant police chief's response to the incident:

"The officers involved were forced to make a split second decision based on the information and totality of the circumstances known at the time. The officer involved was a nine-year veteran of the east district late shift. Again this was tragic and unforeseen. I don't know of any officer who goes out wanting to get into a shootout with anyone, but especially not as in this case a homeowner."

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