By Vic Ryckaert
An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer shot a man in the head during a traffic stop Wednesday on the Eastside.
With blood streaming from the bullet wound, the driver continued to speed away until his car came to a stop blocks away.
The incident began about 9 a.m. when IMPD officer Douglas Arnold pulled over a man driving a black Pontiac Grand Am at Sloan Avenue and Minnesota Street. Arnold said the man was suspected of committing a traffic violation.
As Arnold approached from the rear of the car, the driver, identified as Scott Kiefner, 51, Indianapolis, backed into Arnold's leg, knocking the officer to the ground, and took off, said IMPD spokesman Lt. Doug Scheffel.
Arnold fired at least eight shots as Kiefner sped away, Scheffel said. Arnold pursued Kiefner to Pleasant Run Parkway and Young Avenue, where Kiefner stopped.
Kiefner had been shot twice, once in the head and once in the shoulder. He was in critical condition at Wishard Memorial Hospital.
Kiefner faces preliminary charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and fleeing police.
Arnold, a nine-year officer, was transported to Methodist Hospital, where he was treated for leg injuries and released.
Kiefner's rear windshield had four bullet holes. Two other shots hit the trunk. Police don't know why Kiefner fled, but he had multiple driving infractions and his driver's license had been revoked for life in 1990, Scheffel said.
In 2002, records show, Indianapolis police arrested Kiefner in the 1200 block of East Michigan Street on a charge of drunken driving. During that incident, Kiefner had an open bottle of whiskey in the car with him, police said.
Kiefner, who formerly lived in Terre Haute, has two convictions in Vigo County for being a habitual traffic violator, records show.
Attempts to contact Kiefner's family were not successful.
Scheffel said the shooting appears justified, but it will be reviewed by IMPD's Firearms Review Board.
Man shot by an Ind. officer keeps driving