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The Latest: Indianapolis police chief: Shooting a ‘tragedy’

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the fatal police shooting of a man who fled a traffic stop (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Indianapolis’ police chief calls the shooting of an unarmed motorist a “tragedy” and says he assumes the officers involved believed their lives were in danger.

Chief Bryan Roach said at a news conference that the shooting “is something that every city, every chief of police, every community, every mayor … hopes never happens.”

Police say the man sped away after being pulled over about 1:45 a.m. Thursday. They say officers chased the vehicle and, after it crashed into a fence, shot the man.

Coroners identified the man as 45-year-old Aaron Bailey.

Roach says a criminal investigation and an internal affairs investigation are underway. The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on routine administrative leave. They haven’t been identified.

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2:10 p.m.

Indianapolis police say they didn’t find a weapon in the car driven by a man fatally shot by officers following a chase.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the man as 45-year-old Aaron Bailey.

Police say the man sped away after being pulled over for a traffic stop about 1:45 a.m. Thursday. They say officers chased the vehicle and, after it crashed into a fence, shot the man after he reached toward the vehicle’s center console.

Sgt. Kendale Adams says that even though no weapon was found, that doesn’t mean the officers weren’t justified in shooting the man.

Police Chief Bryan Roach scheduled a Thursday afternoon news conference to discuss the shooting.

The two officers involved in the shooting weren’t hurt. They’ve been placed on routine administrative leave.

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8:12 a.m.

Indianapolis police say they’ve fatally shot a man who fled following a traffic stop.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says the 45-year-old man sped away after being pulled over by police about 1:45 a.m. Thursday. Sgt. Kendale Adams tells reporters that officers chased the vehicle and shot the man after the chase ended.

Adams says the man was taken to a hospital, where he died. He says a 26-year-old woman who was in the vehicle wasn’t injured. She was arrested on a narcotics charge. Their names haven’t been released.

Adams says circumstances of the shooting are under investigation. He says the two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on leave. They weren’t injured.

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