Suspect injured in police-action shooting involving an Indiana state trooper, police dog

Trooper Walter Butt, a five year veteran of the Indiana State Police. (Courtesy photo)
Apache, a member of the Indiana State Police K9 unit

Indianapolis — The Indiana State Police continues to investigate an overnight officer-involved shooting that left a suspect wounded and led to an extensive search for a missing state police K9.

Trooper Walter Butt, a five-year veteran of the Indiana State Police, and his K9 partner Apache were in the area looking for a male subject who had fled from police earlier in the evening. Butt noticed a male matching the description of the suspect walking through a parking lot behind O’Reillys Auto Parts on 38th Street, just west of Post Road. Trooper Butt spoke with the male subject, and when he attempted to pat him down for weapons the subject pushed Butt away and fled on foot. Trooper Butt remotely opened his car door to deploy K9 Apache, in an effort to stop the fleeing suspect. While running away the suspect allegedly turned and fired multiple shots from a handgun toward Trooper Butt and K9 Apache. In proximity to the time when K9 Apache made contact with the suspect, Trooper Butt returned fire and struck the suspect. Investigators recovered a handgun, a black mask and drug paraphernalia from the male. The number of shots fired by both the suspect and Trooper Butt is part of this ongoing investigation.

Immediately after the shooting K9 Apache ran from the scene. Trooper Butt and two other responding troopers began emergency medical life-saving procedures on the male, inclusive of applying a tourniquet to his leg to stop bleeding. An ambulance was called, and the suspect was transported to Eskenazi Hospital where his last known condition was listed as serious but stable.

The suspect is identified as 26-year-old Cortez Lavine Boxley of Indianapolis.

After an extensive 12-hour search for K9 Apache, an alert citizen contacted police about a possible sighting on Aspen Way. Officers quickly responded and located K9 Apache. When Trooper Butt arrived K9 Apache immediately ran to his side.

After examination by a veterinarian it was determined K9 Apache suffered a gunshot wound to the neck, but he is expected to fully recover. Part of our ongoing investigation will be to try to determine the source of the gunshot wound to K9 Apache.

This investigation is complex and will take time to complete. The Indiana State Police will work with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to determine potential criminal charges related to this incident.

The Indiana State Police was assisted in this investigation by, the Indianapolis Fire Department, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Lawrence Police Department, the Wayne Township Fire Department and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.