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Gunman kills campus police officer in Indiana; suspect captured
(09-24) 16:09 PDT INDIANAPOLIS (AP) --

A man fatally shot a Butler University police officer outside the school's basketball arena Friday, triggering a manhunt that ended with police shooting a suspect.

The suspect, identified as Kahdir Al Khattab, 26, was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said.

The 31-year-old officer, James Davis, was called on a report of a suspicious person inside Hinkle Fieldhouse, where the women's basketball team was practicing, police Sgt. Steve Staletovich said.

The man was outside the building when Davis arrived. Witnesses reported hearing a single gunshot, then seeing the man pick up a gun and run away, he said.

Davis was shot once in the head and was pronounced dead at a hospital, Staletovich said.

Hundreds of officers searched nearly three hours before finding a man who matched the gunman's description about 10 blocks from the crime scene, Staletovich said. As officers closed in, they shot him.

Staletovich said he did not know what behavior by the man prompted the initial call to police.

While officers poured into the neighborhood, the private university and nearby schools locked down their buildings.

Brady Schutt, who lives across the street from a Butler dormitory, said the mood was "surreal" as he looked out his window at officers in bulletproof vests and helicopters whirling overhead.

"A lot of students are kind of freaked out by it," Schutt said.

The suspect was shot about three blocks from the governor's residence. Neither Gov. Joe Kernan or first lady Maggie Kernan were home at the time, authorities said.

Davis, who was married with three children, had been a member of the school's 16-person police force for less than two years, Staletovich said.

Last month, Patrolman Timothy Laird of the Indianapolis Police Department was killed the shootout on the city's south side.

Butler University is a private school of about 4,300 students. Friday's shooting was its first homicide ever.
 
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