05/24/2009

Indy police justified in shooting man with machete

By Kevin O'Neal
Indianapolis Star

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A machete-wielding man was shot and killed Thursday night on the Westside by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. That incident came nearly three months after another conformation where the same man had threatened to take police officers' guns and shoot himself.

Ray Ponder, 48, was declared dead last night at Wishard Memorial Hospital, around an hour and a half following the shooting. A police officer shot Ponder in the head after he raised a machete as if to strike his girlfriend or the officer.

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