An Indianapolis man is fighting for his life after calling police to report his home was being broken into, and the police “accidentally” shooting him.

Carl Williams called the police to say his wife had been assaulted by a black suspect with a rifle – but he was mistaken for his wife’s by a police officer with nine years’ experience.

At a press conference broadcast on RTV6, assistant chief Randal Taylor said: “First and foremost this is a tragic incident, involving a homeowner attempting to protect his family and the IMPD officers trying to do the same thing.

“And of course our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the homeowner and the family, who was mistakenly shot by our officer and we wish him a quick recovery.”

According to the account recorded by IMPD’s dispatching team, Mr Williams called 911 at 4.34 am to report that his wife was assaulted by a “black male in a red shirt armed with a rifle” who had stolen the couple’s black Nissan Sentra.

When the police arrived on the scene, eventually Williams emerged from the garage with his licensed gun. That’s when Officer Christopher Mills shot him in the stomach.

Assistant chief Taylor continued: “They made observations based on information known at that time. The time of day, the early morning hours and low level lighting caused vision to be limited.

“The officers involved were forced to make a split second decision based on the information and totality of the circumstances known at the time.

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