Photo of suspect confirmed with Greendale Police Department (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW viewer/provided)
The area where it's believed that a confrontation occurred between the officer and Robert McCracken, who was armed with a knife at the time. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Chris Waldmann)
Police were initially called to the Burger King on Lorely Lane, at 11 p.m., on reports of an armed robbery (FOX19 NOW Photo/Chris Waldmann)
GREENDALE, IN (FOX19) -
Indiana State Police are continuing to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred while Greendale police were pursuing an armed robbery suspect early Saturday morning.
Police were initially called to the Burger King on Lorely Lane, at 11 p.m., on reports of an armed robbery, according to ISP Sgt. Stephen Wheeles. Upon arrival, employees directed officers to a wooded area where the suspect was last seen.
Investigators said 30-year-old Richard McCracken allegedly approached two people in the parking lot of the Burger King and brandished a large knife. He then forced them to the door of the restaurant where another employee was forced to open the locked door, allowing him to enter.
While inside the restaurant, police said McCracken forced employees to open a safe, where he stole an undetermined amount of money and fled on foot.
Officials said Officer Joseph Vance located McCracken in a wooded area nearby. McCracken, who was still in possession of a large knife, allegedly advanced towards Officer Vance with the knife raised.
The officer then discharged his gun twice, striking McCracken with both shots, reports stated.
Police said Vance, along with other officers, administered first aid to McCracken before he was flown to the University of Cincinnati for treatment. He's believed to have suffered non-life threatening injuries.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of McCracken and he was charged with robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, three counts of kidnapping, attempted aggravated battery, four counts intimidation with a deadly weapon and one count theft.
Upon being released from the hospital, McCracken will be extradited back to Dearborn County, Indiana to face the above charges, according to officials.