Killed – Duane Slentz (Indianapolis, IN)

Duane Slentz

Authorities have identified a man shot to death by police Wednesday as Duane Slentz, 49.

An Indianapolis police officer fatally shot Slentz at the man’s Southeastside home Wednesday after the man led police on a chase through the city, authorities say.

The chase began about 11:40 a.m. in Brookside Park on the city’s Eastside, said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Chris Bailey.

Slentz was approached by a park ranger who said the man smelled of alcohol. As the ranger questioned him, Bailey said, Slentz became evasive and took off in his car.

Police chased the man to a house in the 3800 block of South Franklin Road a few miles away. Bailey said Slentz crashed his car into another car at the house, got out and ran inside, locking the door behind him.

Police said Slentz yelled “I have a gun” as he entered the house.

Officers outside the home tried to persuade the man to surrender. When officers heard Slentz through a window cock his gun, an officer fired the fatal shot, authorities said.


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