From Indiana State Police-Indianapolis District 52-Indianapolis, IN:
Thursday March 31st, 2016 :: 09:50 p.m. EDT
*This information is being released in coordination with the Speedway Police Department.
Indianapolis – Shortly after 1 p.m. today officers from the Speedway Police Department received information of a possible wanted subject, 57 year old Douglas Gaultney of Knox County Indiana, in a white van in the area of 18th and MacArthur Lane, in Speedway. Officers were able to locate and make contact with Gaultney, who was the sole occupant of the van. Gaultney immediately brandished a shotgun causing the officers to move to a safe position and call for additional help. Gaultney was making statements that led police to believe he did not have intentions of exiting the vehicle.
The Speedway Police Department SWAT team, along with the Indiana State Police SWAT team and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department all responded to the scene. Officers attempted to negotiate with Gaultney for several hours. Gaultney exited the van at one point with the shotgun in his hands but immediately re-entered the van.
Shortly before 7 p.m. members of the Indiana State Police SWAT team and the Speedway Police SWAT team attempted less lethal tactics of tear gas and use of an armored state police vehicle to encourage Gaultney to peacefully surrender. However, Gaultney chose to get out of the van armed with a shotgun that he pointed at officers. This action resulted in several police officers shooting Gaultney who then fell to the ground. Life saving measures were immediately initiated by police officers until medics, who were staged nearby, were able to provide direct first-aid to Gaultney. Gaultney was then transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition and at the writing of this release was in surgery.
No police officers or other citizens were injured during this police action shooting. Crime Scene Investigators are currently on the scene collecting and preserving evidence, as well as investigators from the Indiana State Police and Speedway Police Department.
Douglas Gaultney was wanted out of Knox County on violation of probation for possession of marijuana.
This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time.
Investigating Agency: Indiana State Police
Assisting Agencies: Speedway Police Department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Speedway Street Department, Speedway Fire Department.
Source: Police Action Shooting in Speedway
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The Speedway Police Department encourages you to call if you feel something is suspicious or potentially warrants their attention. They are more than happy to patrol any areas necessary to help identify or deter any potential dangers. If you feel something to be suspicious NEVER hesitate to call the department.
On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Chiefs from within and around Marion County (including Speedway PD) met with IMPD to discuss crime & data analysis and how to better communicate with each other.
IMPD Chief Troy Riggs said:
“It was our pleasure today to have some of the surrounding Chiefs of Indianapolis come here and talk about working together in partnership to try to deal with some of the issues we’re facing, not just in Indianapolis but throughout Central Indiana. I’m really excited about the men and women that represent the departments around us; good, hardworking motivated individuals, they’re going to bring alot of talent to helping us in Indianapolis and as we work at trying to really focus on crime, we want to make sure that all of our Chiefs understand what’s going on, so we just don’t simply displace crime. In working together, we improve the quality of life for all the residents of Central Indiana. So we’re very grateful to the Chiefs for being here today and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
IMPD Assistant Chief Bryan Roach said:
We believe that crime doesn’t have any borders and that all of us are probably dealing with the same issues and even some of the same individuals. So this was an opportunity to communicate where we as a police department, IMPD, is going and to enlist their help and to open up doors of communication so that we can be more effective for the community in general.”
Posted by Speedway Police Department Capt. Jason Dierdorff on Nextdoor:
It has been brought to our attention that there have been some concerns regarding recent posts online involving the Kroger Store in Speedway. The incident that was described to our Department was a young female that was carrying her 18 month old child into the Kroger Store. She was approached by a passenger in a vehicle who took her purse off of her shoulder and fled the area. After review of cases reported to the Speedway Police Department, we have found no reports that match the facts cited in the internet posts.
However, there have been two incidents reported to our Department within the past three weeks that have occurred in the immediate vicinity of the Kroger Store. The first of those incidents involved a person who left her purse on the trunk lid of her vehicle at the Kroger Gas Station. She did not realize her purse was gone until she arrived home later that same day. The second incident involved an elderly female who did have her purse taken by someone in the parking lot outside the Kroger Store on Crawfordsville Road. There is no suspect description of the person that took the purse and the only vehicle description we have is a dark colored car. This is an ongoing investigation.
Officers from the Speedway Police Department patrol the Speedway Shopping Center regularly, but we encourage everyone to contact us at (317) 246-4300 if you see something suspicious. If it is an emergency, always remember to call 911. We also would remind anyone that lives or shops in the Town of Speedway to be vigilant in securing items in their vehicles whether they are at home or around town. A person can do this by ensuring that their vehicles are locked and all items of value are either removed from the vehicle or hidden from outside view.
Monday, September 14, 2015: At approximately 2:30 A.M. today officers responded to the 5600 block of West 29th Place on the report of an unauthorized entry to a garage and vehicle. Upon arrival in the area officers determined that several vehicles had been entered illegally and items were stolen. Included in the items taken were garage door openers which could have given access to homes in the area. While responding to the run officers located two juveniles in the area that were later determined to be the suspects. Both of the individuals were arrested for various offenses and most of the stolen property was recovered. Homeowners are reminded to always keep their vehicles locked when unattended and remove valuables and garage door openers if vehicles are parked on the street or in a driveway.
Update from the Speedway Police Department regarding two recent, separate pursuits:
- Tuesday, 9/1/2015: In response to various discussion on social media regarding police presence near Whitcomb Ave at 18th Street and Speedway Drive in the evening, the following is a response from Capt. Jason Dierdorff: “They were shoplifters from Kohl’s and a short pursuit ended in the neighborhood. Apprehension was made on the female.”
- Wednesday, 9/2/15: At approximately 2:30 P.M., Speedway Police attempted to stop a motorist for a traffic infraction. The driver immediately attempted to flee by vehicle and then he and a passenger both fled on foot from the 1700 block of Christopher Lane. Speedway K9 Officer Tom tracked the two individuals into a backyard at 1724 Norfolk and they were both taken into custody without further incident.
The Speedway CVS pharmacy was robbed on Tuesday, May 19th. The suspect is a black male, late teens to early 20’s, wearing a gray hoodie and black sunglasses with gold trim. He was last seen running from the business toward the Eagle Creek Court Apartments area. If you have any information on the whereabouts of the suspect please contact the Speedway Police Department at (317) 246-4313.
This evening there was burglary from a garage in the area of 5200 W. 15th. Suspect was found at pawn shop shortly after and resisted the Detective, then fled the area. Suspect was not located but was identified.
Several hours later, the suspect was back in Speedway and K9 Officer Turpin recognized the vehicle. Officer Turpin attempted to stop suspect, who fled on foot. K9 Tom was deployed and after a short foot chase, suspect was apprehended by K9 Tom and Officer Turpin.
Wanted for Theft from the Game Stop, occurred on March 31, 2015, at approximately 2:00 p.m. Suspect took items from the store. No vehicle description given. Contact Detective Kyle Hodges with information (317) 246-4300.
On the afternoon of March 25, 2015 the Speedway Police Department took a burglary report in the 2400 block of Gerrard Avenue. Photographs were taken of two persons of interest that may have been involved. Anyone who sees these individuals should contact the Speedway Police Department at (317) 246-4300. Information specific to the burglary should be provided to Detective Chris Ristuccia at the Speedway Police Department.
This is another excellent example of a neighbor getting involved, watching the neighborhood and contacting SPD when she witnessed a crime and even took photos of the suspects!
Please keep a look out for these two suspects and call SPD immediately if you see them. Also, there has been discussion several residents seeing a red pickup truck (possibly with only one headlight) driving around in the Neighborhood Watch District 2 area, and the driver stopping and looking into cars. Please be aware and call SPD if you see ANY suspicious activity. They have repeatedly indicated it is better to call and have them check it out and be nothing, than to not call!
Together, we can work together with SPD to keep Speedway safe.
A Speedway resident’s observation and quick reporting to the Speedway Police Department last night led to the arrest of the suspect regarding a drug deal near Pam’s Pitstop Pizza.
Steve Satterly recalls the details of his encounter at his blog, Staying Alive: How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters. Steve is also an Alumni of the Speedway Police Department’s Citizens Academy.
As noted in his blog post, Steve’s actions were appreciated by the police department, who cannot be everywhere, all the time. They rely upon the partnership of residents to report suspicious activity – it’s all of us helping each other. Steve writes:
Police officers are paid to make such calls, and have been given training on making such calls. They would love nothing better than to get a call like mine, go check it out, and have it be nothing. Or, a situation like this one occurs, and a bad man selling poison on the streets is removed and put in jail.
Situational awareness is not only being aware of what is going on around you and being able to recognize when something is amiss, it’s the starting point for a string of decisions that can mean the difference between catching a criminal or allowing the crime to continue, or in some instance, life or death.
Thank you Steve and to the Speedway Police Department! This is an excellent example of how Speedway residents can partner with the Speedway Police Department, report suspicious activity, and can effect real change in our town and help us stay safe.
If you see something, say something.