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Unarmed Man Shot and Killed by Police

Steve Wagner

Tuesday night, an unarmed man was killed by a six year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) during a physical altercation. Though police have yet to release the name of the deceased, he is being identified by friends, family, and media outlets as 44-year-old Kevin Hicks.

A little after 9 pm on Tuesday evening, a woman called 911 from her car on the east side, saying her husband was hitting her repeatedly while she was driving. She told the dispatcher that she would pull over in the gas station parking lot at the corner of North Rural Street and East 10th Street. An officer arrived shortly, leaving his vehicle and pulling a stun gun on Hicks. What happened next is unclear, though bystanders say the officer hit Hicks while handcuffing him, and Hicks hit the officer back, beginning a physical fight. What we do know is that at some point during this altercation, the police officer shot the unarmed Kevin Hicks and killed him.

The police officer was taken by ambulance to IU Methodist Hospital, where he was seen with an arm brace wrapped in gauze when departing. The woman who called the police, along with a young child who was also present in the car, was taken to the police station for questioning by Homicide.

Necessity of Deadly Force?

Police officers have difficult jobs, and there are no doubt occasions where deadly force may be required. That said, there have been many questions about the need for the use of deadly force against unarmed individuals. According to The Guardian’s “The Counted” project, which is a real-time and ongoing project to track people killed by police in the United States, 226 unarmed people were killed by police in 2015. That’s nearly 20% of the total number killed by police for the year.

If you or a loved one have been injured by police officers using excessive force, or if your loved one was killed by an officer in a situation where deadly force may not have been warranted, the police brutality and wrongful death attorneys at Wagner Reese can help you find justice. Please call us today for your FREE consultation: (888) 204-8440.

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