Police chase with escapee ends with gunfire near school

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police say a vehicle pursuit with an escapee from Kentucky ended with gunfire on the south side of Indianapolis Monday morning.

It happened outside of Perry Meridian Middle School, near West Meridian School Road and South Meridian Street, around 8:15 a.m.

According to a spokesman with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the escapee was driving a vehicle that was stolen from a Kentucky correctional facility several days ago. A jail official in Oldham County, Kentucky confirmed the escapee is John William Foster IV.

Officials say it started as a low-speed chase, but when Foster saw police, speeds accelerated.

It ended in front of the middle school when Foster shot himself in the neck. He was taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in an unknown condition. IMPD said a reserve officer who works for the school fired his gun at the same time Foster did. However, police believe Foster’s gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

The school was locked down as a precaution. No children were hurt. The lock down was lifted around 1 p.m. officials said.

According to IMPD Lt. Don Bender at the scene, police have seen Foster in the Indianapolis area recently, but he’s managed to elude officers. It’s unclear what charges he was facing in Kentucky at the time of his escape.

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