LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Lafayette Police Deparment is holding a shooting review board meeting on Thursday at noon to review evidence in the shooting the put one of it's own officers in the hospital. The department held it's regularly scheduled Civil Service Commission meeting on Wednesday. No other information about the investigation was given at the meeting.
The LPD officer who accidentally shot a co-worker Tuesday morning while responding to an apartment on North 9th Street has been placed on paid administrative leave. Police said the round that hit Officer Lane Butler came from the gun of Officer Aaron Wright, a 2-year veteran of the department. Officer Kurt sinks, an 11-year veteran of LPD, was also with the team.
Officer Lane Butler is recovering in stable condition. She remains under observation. We are all very proud of Officer Butler as she fights through this recovery. #LPDIN #thinblueline #fighter pic.twitter.com/UQCepBpc3H
— LafayetteINPolice (@LafayetteINPD) January 10, 2019
All three officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the incident. However, LPD said they can't begin to do anything with the body camera evidence until the shooting review board meeting is over.
As of Wednesday morning, Butler remained in serious but stable condition.
According to Lafayette police, Butler, Wright and Sinks were responding to a complaint of criminal mischief at 813 North 9th Street, Apt. 2 around 10:50 Tuesday morning. Police said they were checking on a report of a person wanted on a warrant inside the apartment. The resident was cooperative and allowed officers to search her apartment to show them the wanted person was not there. Inside of the apartment was a large dog in a cage. The resident told the three officers about the dog before they entered the home.
During their search, the dog broke free from the cage, causing the officers to run from the apartment to avoid the animal. Wright's department-issued gun then discharged. The bullet traveled through the apartment door and struck Officer Butler in the back, according to officers. Police said she was wearing a protective vest, however, the round struck her above the protected area.
Police said both officers immediately rushed to help Butler.
Officers said placing Officer Wright on administrative leave is department policy until an internal investigation is complete.
The dog involved was not injured, according to police. It was temporarily taken to Almost Home Humane Society and was returned to its home later Tuesday.
Police are expecting to release a statement about their findings from the shooting review board meeting by Friday.
(Officer Lane Butler Above)
(Officer Aaron Wright Above)
(Officer Kurt Sinks Above)