A police officer from Indianapolis shot a man who the authorities said he shot the police officer on Wednesday evening during an encounter that was apparently recorded live on Facebook.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said its boss and his deputy boss both drove home from work at around 6 p.m. when one of them noticed that a man was driving ruthlessly and tried to overtake him. The man did not stop, and the officers followed him for about 10 minutes before the superiors called them off.
About five minutes later, another officer ran after the man after seeing him park the car behind a locksmith’s building and fled on foot. After a short chase, the officer shot him and killed him.
Chris Bailey, a deputy chief of police, local reporters said that The driver had shot the officer first. Mr. Bailey said that the officer and the driver were the only ones at the scene of the encounter and that a weapon was found near the driver.
A police statement later stated that there was a “shootout” without mentioning who shot first or whether a weapon was recovered. The officer, who was not injured, had also used his stun gun, the police said.
The officer and the driver were both black, said Mr. Bailey. Neither of the two men was immediately identified by the authorities.
By nightfall, more than 100 people had gathered near the scene in northwest Indianapolis, some of whom were singing “No Justice, No Peace.” after The Indianapolis Star.
A Facebook video that was widespread on Wednesday night shows a man recording himself as he drives away from a police cruiser and speaks into the phone camera about how he doesn’t want to go to prison.
While parking and fleeing the car, he repeatedly asks someone, “Please come and get me,” and says he is at the intersection of 62nd Street and Michigan Road. Police later said that the driver who was killed had left his car there.
The police said they followed the driver after he nearly hit several cars when leaving the highway. During the chase, the driver operated at speeds close to 90 m.p.h., the police said.
In the video, the man runs for about 25 seconds before someone shouts at him. At this point he yells back and seems to be falling. A policeman can be seen behind him for a split second. Moments later, 12 loud bangs can be heard, followed by two more after a short pause.
After the shoot-out, a man is heard saying “police shooting” before repeating “Oh my god” and using explosives.
A pathological comment that was voiced outside the camera has generated widespread criticism online. After the shooting, when the dropped phone continued to record the sky above the scene, you can hear someone say, “Think it’s going to be a closed coffin, homie,” followed by laughter. It is not clear who made the comment, and police officers did not immediately respond to an inquiry.
Mr. Bailey, the deputy chief, said the department was aware of the video and had tried to keep it as evidence. The officer who shot the driver is put on administrative leave during the department’s investigation.