INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police say a McDonald’s drive-thru customer shot a person attempting an armed robbery Thursday night.
Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were called to a McDonald’s at 2251 N. Emerson Ave., near East 25th Street, around 9:54 p.m. Thursday on a call of a possible robbery in progress.
A man in his car was waiting to order in the McDonalds drive-thru when another man came up to him with a gun and demanded money, said Capt. Robert Troutt at the scene.
The victim tried to drive away but the suspect was hanging onto the vehicle, trying to reach the driver. Police say the victim dragged the suspect around the parking lot, jumping a curb and narrowly missing a few trees.
The suspect was trying to drag the victim out of his car and when he did, the two got into a face-to-face confrontation that became physical, Troutt said.
“The original struggle was over the suspect’s gun and then they got into a fight here in the lot and they were fighting over the victim’s gun at that point,” said Capt. Troutt.
The victim was able to use his own gun against the suspect, firing 3-4 times and striking the suspect once in the arm, according to IMPD. The suspected robber was taken to an area hospital in good condition, Troutt said.
A security camera next to the drive-thru window at the McDonald’s is believed to have captured the entire incident, however police have not released the footage.
The victim is cooperating with IMPD in its investigation. The suspected robber will likely face an armed robbery charge, Troutt said.