IMPD chief identifies 7 officers who have been concerned in gunshots throughout site visitors management in February

One of the officers, Michael Antonelli, was seriously injured in a shooting during a traffic stop in 2005.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Metro Police chief has identified seven officers who shot a murder suspect following a pursuit last month.

Officials tracked 21-year-old Tavon Macklin on February 23 as the vehicle Macklin was driving tried to escape from a traffic stop. After forcing the vehicle to stop, police said that Macklin exited the vehicle from the passenger side and fired at the officers.

Metro police later said seven officers shot back and injured the suspect. Macklin was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but his condition later stabilized.

On Monday, police identified Macklin as a suspect in the January 17th shooting of 29-year-old Justin White on South Keystone Avenue. Macklin is currently charged with murder, robbery and illicit possession of a firearm by a serious perpetrator in the death of White.

On Tuesday, IMPD chief Randal Taylor released the names of the officers involved in Macklin’s shooting as 18-year veteran Michael Antonelli, 6-year veteran Jai’dion Broader, 12-year veteran Christopher Cooper, and 27-year veteran Brad Harvey , 12 year veteran Jered Hidlebaugh, 13 year veteran Jose Navarro, and 12 year veteran Lee Rabensteine.

Antonelli was seriously injured in a shootout at a traffic stop in November 2005.

The officer stopped Kenya Wright on North Dearborn Street for allegedly not using a blinker. A scuffle broke out between the men during the stop, and Wright reportedly fired his gun five times, one of the bullets hitting Antonelli in the face, costing him the vision in his right eye.

“Most people who are shot in the face at close range die. Doctors describe it as an inch or two from entering my brain,” Antonelli said in December 2006 when he returned to duty.

That same month, Wright apologized to Antonelli after a judge sentenced him to 54 years in prison for attempted murder, resisting law enforcement, and possession of an unlicensed pistol.

“He’s likely to be 27 years old. When he comes out I still won’t be able to see from the right side of my face,” said Antonelli.

Antonelli was awarded the Purple Heart and Medal of Valor following the incident.

Prison records show Wright is incarcerated in Indiana Prison with an earliest possible release date in November 2032.

The officers who fired their weapons are on administrative leave, as is customary in these incidents. The disciplinary records released by the IMPD on Tuesday evening show no reports of disciplinary action for any of the officers involved.

Three of the officers wore body-worn cameras that were recording at the time of the shooting. This video has not yet been published.

The IMPD Critical Incident Response Team is continuing to investigate the incident, which is also being investigated by a separate internal investigation by the department’s internal affairs department.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 or (TIPS).

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