Indianapolis police arrested a SWAT situation suspect after a four hour standoff at the Value Place Hotel in the 9500 block of Pendleton Pike. Police said 34-year-old Jamal Brown surrendered peacefully.
An Indianapolis police officer was injured when a police chase ended at the Lawrence-area hotel Monday afternoon. According to police, Brown was driving a stolen Mercedez Benz SUV and crashed into the hotel around 3 p.m. Monday.
Police said the chase began after the officer attempted to make a traffic stop in the 4300 block of North Franklin Road.
SWAT was called to the hotel and the hotel and surrounding area were evacuated or placed on lockdown. Eastbound traffic on Pendleton Pike was closed as was westbound traffic from East 56th Street for the duration of the situation.
David Mcelroy was staying on the fourth floor of the Value Place Hotel when he heard some noise.
"I just heard some scuffling around in the hallway," he said. "I looked out the window and SWAT everywhere. Cops with machine guns. And I didn't know what to do."
Brown had barricaded himself in a fourth floor room after getting into a "violent fight" with an officer. IMPD spokesperson Kendale Adams said Brown hit the officer's jaw and knocked several of his teeth in. The officer was taken to a hospital in "good" condition.
Brown was armed and had fired several shots, but did not hit anyone.
Mcelroy said police told him to stay inside his room, but he was too afraid for his life.
"Finally I said 'Forget this, I'm outta here!' And I cruised out my door and down the stairwell. And there's blood all over the stairwell into the hallway."
After four hours of negotiations, Brown gave himself up. He has an open warrant for robbery and now faces preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and battery. Additional charges are expected.