- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An armed robbery suspect died from apparent gunfire after Indianapolis police officers confronted two suspects in the robbery of a fast-food restaurant, the police chief said Tuesday.

After officers investigating a fast food restaurant robbery tracked two suspects to a north side apartment complex Monday night, a passenger in the suspect’s vehicle stepped away from it peacefully. Then gunfire came from the vehicle and officers returned fire, Chief Rick Hite said.

Killed was 21-year-old Michael Henderson, police said. It was not clear whose gunfire killed him, they said.

“This is hard for us because we didn’t anticipate dealing with individuals who refused to surrender,” Hite said. “But, this is why we are out here. These areas we talk about are violent, these offenders are very violent and they are resisting law enforcement communication.

“We gave ample opportunity for the young man who was the passenger to leave the vehicle, which he did. But the driver stayed inside and shots were fired,” Hite said.

Autopsy results that were expected to be released by the Marion County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday were not available as of late afternoon, police said. The results were expected to determine who shot Henderson.

The confrontation between officers and the suspects occurred about 10 p.m. at an apartment complex a few blocks north of the Indiana State Fairgrounds, where the state fair is under way.

The police-action shooting came eight days after officers fatally shot a 15-year-old carjacking suspect who officers say drove a car at officers.

The name of the suspect taken into custody was not immediately released.

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