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Indianapolis Police Open Fire on Suspected Drug Dealer as He Tries to Run Them over in SUV

Aired September 8, 2000 - 1:34 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: A quiet street in Indianapolis was the scene of a remarkable confrontation between a suspected drug dealer and the Marion County S.W.A.T. Team.

Mary McDermott (ph), of CNN affiliate WISH, has that story.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

MARY MCDERMOTT, WISH REPORTER (voice-over): A well-kept neighborhood on the city's east side turned into what almost looked like a war zone.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As soon as, the bang goes, get in there.

MCDERMOTT: The Marion County Sherriff's Department wasn't taking any chances, calling in both its narcotics unit and its SWAT Team.

They were going after an alleged cocaine dealer, 26-year-old Dwionne Radford. They were armed with guns, protective gear and a warrant to search Radford's home.

But, when they got to the neighborhood, they found Radford getting into his SUV.

Detectives say they had to open fire on Radford because he tried to run them over.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Easy, easy.

MCDERMOTT: They also say he had made threats to shoot police officers earlier this summer.

MAJ. MIKE TOUK, MARION CO. SHERRIFF'S DEPT.: He was considered to be an extreme risk and a dangerous individual that was heavily armed. That is why we incorporated our S.W.A.T. team as well as our narcotics unit.

MCDERMOTT: Neighbors staring at the remains of the day on their block said it was a miracle nobody was killed. It was an afternoon unlike any they can remember.

Mary McDermott, WISH TV, News 8.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WATERS: At last word, suspect Radford was hospitalized in good condition. A police officer was treated for a gunshot wound in the leg and released.

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