- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An attorney for a man and woman who filed a federal lawsuit alleging that an Indianapolis reserve police officer unjustifiably fired at their car says the city has reached a $370,000 settlement in the case.

Luke Woodworth and Samantha Wills filed their complaint last year against the city of Indianapolis and Michael Krebs, who was a reserve officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department at the time of the shooting.

Woodworth, then 19, and Wills, who was 17, claimed Krebs fired a gun at them after they pulled into his driveway on New Year’s Day 2014 after becoming lost on the way to a party.

Court documents said Woodworth first parked outside Krebs’ home and he and Wills knocked on his front door but got no response. After the pair realized they were at the wrong house, they returned to their car and pulled into Krebs’ driveway to check a phone for directions.

The suit said Krebs approached the car and asked Woodworth and Wills for their identification but did not identify himself as a police officer.

“Thinking that he was about to be robbed or shot … Mr. Woodworth immediately put the car into reverse and quickly backed out of the driveway,” their lawsuit said. Krebs then fired his gun at the pair’s car seven times, the complaint says.

Woodworth and Wills were not hit by any bullets, but their suit said several of the shots damaged the car and two entered the car’s interior.

Woodworth’s attorney, Richard Waples, said Tuesday the city had agreed to settle the case for $370,000. Indianapolis’ chief of litigation, Douglas Kowalski, declined to comment on the settlement.

After the shooting, police said Krebs grabbed his service handgun after his wife looked out the window and saw two people “fidgeting with the front door,” The Indianapolis Star reported (https://indy.st/1FxCiOc ).

Police said Krebs had identified himself as an officer and ordered the pair inside the car to do the same, but they did not respond. Police said that when driver put his car in reverse, Krebs was struck and slightly injured, prompting him to fire his weapon.

Woodworth and Wills’ complaint said Woodworth’s car did not hit Krebs and he Krebs had “sustained no injuries.”

Krebs is no longer a reserve officer, said police spokesman Lt. Rick Riddle.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star, https://www.indystar.com

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