Black veteran shot in groin by police after calling them to report wife’s being carjacked

The homeowner who was shot in the groin by police he called to respond to a robbery at his Indiana home said he is lucky to be alive.

Carl Williams, 48, called 911 to his home at 3636 Foxtail Drive in Indianapolis to deal with an armed robber who had threatened his wife with a gun and tried to steal her car at around 4:30am. on Tuesday.

Officer Christopher Mills responded with his partner – but when he saw Williams, Mills shot him, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said.

Mills, a nine-year veteran with the East District police, hit Williams once and it’s unknown if he fired other shots. His partner, an eight-year veteran, did not fire.

Williams, a former military police officer, was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital in serious condition after the shooting.

He was released from the hospital on Thursday and faces a painful recovery in the months ahead as bullet fragments are still in his body.

Carl Williams (pictured), 48, was shot in the groin by police he called to respond to a robbery at his Indiana home on Tuesday. He's been released from the hospital and said he is lucky to be alive

Williams told 911 an armed man had tried to steal his wife's car. When he emerged from his garage (pictured), officer Christopher Mills shot him. The case is still being investigated

The fragments are lodged near the ball joint in his hip, as doctors are still trying to decide whether to remove them.

On Friday during a press conference, Williams, who was armed with a handgun, said that he started to enter the garage when shots were fired.

‘The only thing I can remember is intense pain, falling on the ground and telling the police officers, ‘I am the homeowner. Why did you shoot me?” Williams said according to IndyStar.

Williams, who is a postal worker, claims that the officers never said anything before opening fire.

He also said that he remembers hearing at least two gun shots, though the exact number of shots fired is still unclear.

 IMPD Major Richard Riddle (pictured) said Friday that the investigation into the incident is still ongoing and that Mills has yet to be interviewed about the shooting by police

In an edited 911 call played to the press, Williams was heard telling the dispatcher that a black male in a red shirt with a ‘long gun’ had stolen the keys to his wife’s black Nissan Sentra, IndyStar reported.

At the end of the phone call, Williams – whose wife was also heard sobbing in the background – was heard saying ‘Is that him?’ apparently in reference to the robber.

The call is then disconnected and the operator is unable to re-establish a connection.

According to the IMPD, Mills and his partner approached the house and saw the black vehicle still stationary in the driveway.

Concerned that the armed robber was still on the premises, police said, the officers attempted ‘to approach in a covert manner to investigate the vehicle.’

Williams claims that the officers never said anything before opening fire. He also said that he remembers hearing at least two gun shots, though the exact number of shots fired is still unclear

Williams then exited his garage holding a handgun, the IndyStar said, and was shot.

IMPD spokesman Richard Riddle said Friday that the investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

Mills has yet to be interviewed about the shooting by police and is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Williams’ attorney, Richard Hailey, said that his firm would focus on whether there was ‘an error in judgment accentuated by either not complying with training rules or not being well-trained to begin with.’

Police did not find the carjacker. He is described as a black male with a light complexion, wearing a red-and-white jacket and a dark colored ball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Indiana on (317) 262 8477.

Source: The DailyMail

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