Indiana cops hunt gunman who shot 2 police officers, killed dog - U.S. News
State and local police backed by SWAT officers and at least one helicopter searched early Friday for a gunman who shot two officers and killed a police dog in the central Indiana town off Pendleton, authorities said.
A Madison County police spokesperson told NBC News that the suspect was considered armed and dangerous. Law enforcement officers were "actively working" on the case and local residents had been advised to remain inside, the spokesperson said.
Todd Harmeson, a spokesman for the Madison County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, told NBC station WTHR-Indianapolis that officers were involved in a routine call around 10:30 p.m. Thursday when multiple shots were fired, with at least two people sustaining injuries.
Two officers were taken to area hospitals from the shooting scene. An officer from the Anderson, Ind., Police Department was taken by air ambulance to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis with a gunshot wound to the leg. That officer underwent surgery but was alert and talking, police told WTHR.
An officer from the Pendleton Police Department returned to the scene after being treated for a graze wound to the leg. The Pendleton officer's car was also struck by bullets, WTHR reported.
The police spokesperson told NBC News that a dog working with the officers was shot and killed during the incident.
Pendleton, a town of about 4,000 residents, is situated approximately 30 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
Gunfire from automatic weapon reported
A woman at the scene told WTHR she called 911 after hearing gunfire from an automatic weapon and seeing at least one officer shot in the leg.
Harmeson told WTHR that the suspect, believed to be Jim Kenneth Bailey of New Castle, Ind., remains at-large in the Pendleton area. Authorities believe Bailey is armed with an automatic weapon.
Bailey was described as a white male, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and wearing dark shorts and a gray shirt, WTHR reported.
Police set up a perimeter throughout Pendleton as they searched for possible suspects. SWAT officers were called to the scene and a helicopter was being used to assist in the search.
WTHR's Kris Kirschner and NBC News' Daniel Strieff contributed to this report.