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October 11, 2002

Officers Fire At Vehicle Outside School For Deaf

From: The Indy Channel, IN - October 11, 2002

Man Accused Of Trying To Run Over Two; No Injuries Reported

INDIANAPOLIS-- Police arrested a man who allegedly tried to strike two officers with his vehicle and prompted them to fire shots at him outside the Indiana School for the Deaf Friday.

No injuries were reported. At least three bullets struck the vehicle, shattering the windshield near the school at 1200 E. 42nd St., police said.

Police said Eric Isley (pictured, left), 31, drove a couple more blocks until he was stopped by other officers around 12:30 p.m.

Police said Isley and another man came to the school Friday to retrieve $600 that was confiscated when Isley was arrested on school property last week. When agents with the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms bureau learned the men were there, they asked officers stationed there to hold them for questioning, RTV6's Sarah Fraidin reported.

Isley didn't want to stay, and drove at officers in an attempt to leave, police said.

"When they tried to leave, they attempted to run over the deaf-school officers, who -- fearing for their own lives -- fired multiple shots," Indiana State Police Sgt. Dave Bursten said.

The man who was with Isley, Brian Harris, 37, jumped out of the SUV and remained at the school to cooperate with officers, police said. Harris was later released.

Police said a gun was found under a seat in the SUV (pictured, right). Isley didn't fire any shots.

Bursten said no students were in danger.

"I do want to stress that neither of the suspects were hit, neither of the deaf-school officers were injured, and at no time was there any threat or injury to any of the students at the school," Bursten said.

Police arrested Isley on school grounds last week on an accusation that he possessed illegal drugs. Isley posted $500 bail in that case Thursday.

Isley was being held Friday night on charges including criminal recklessness.

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