September 8, 2023

IMPD identifies officers who shot man following alleged break-in

IMPD vehicles outside of Greene’s Auto and Truck Service late Friday. - Ben Thorp/WFYI News

IMPD vehicles outside of Greene’s Auto and Truck Service late Friday.

Ben Thorp/WFYI News

This story has been updated. Originally published on Sept. 2. 

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department identified the two officers who shot a man following an alleged break-in Sept. 1.

Officer Zachary Taylor is a 21-year veteran of the IMPD, and Officer Scott Hartman is a 15-year veteran of the department. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

IMPD identified 24-year-old Brandon Ramirez as the man who was shot.

Police said they were called to Greene’s Auto and Truck Service on West Raymond Street following a break-in alarm. A representative with the company notified police they could see someone at the front desk.

K9 officers entered the building shortly after 8 p.m. and approached Ramirez, who police said did not comply with officer commands in either Spanish or English.

Officers released a K9 named Ringo, who police said was then stabbed by Ramirez.

At some point, Ramirez was shot. Police said he continued not to comply with verbal commands and stood up, walking towards the front desk.

According to IMPD, an officer then tased Ramirez and he was taken into custody.

Police said Ringo sustained three stab wounds and underwent emergency surgery. The dog has since been released from medical care. 

Ramirez has been preliminarily arrested for burglary, resisting law enforcement, and cruelty to a law enforcement animal.

IMPD Internal Affairs will conduct an administrative investigation of the shooting, after which the Use of Force Review Board will conduct a mandatory hearing.

The shooting is one of several IMPD officer-involved incidents in just a little over a month.

On July 31, an IMPD vehicle struck and killed a cyclist on Indianapolis’ near eastside.

On Aug. 3, an IMPD officer shot and killed a man following a traffic stop.

And on Aug. 27, an IMPD officer shot and killed a man reportedly experiencing a hallucinatory episode and wielding a machete.

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