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Teen Shot By Bloomington Police Made Initial 911 Call

The Bloomington Police Department has identified John Coleman as the BPD officer that shot a 16-year-old in downtown Bloomington earlier this week.

The teen’s name still has not been released, but police have released a summary of their ongoing investigation into the incident.

The investigation has so far revealed the initial 911 call, describing the knife-wielding male teen, was made by the teenager himself.

At 1:22 p.m. Wednesday, Monroe County Central Dispatch received a 911 call from the teenager describing a man making death threats who had pulled out a “big butcher” knife at the Bloomington bus terminal.

When Officer Coleman arrived on the scene, he extended his expandable baton and began walking toward the man described in the call. While Coleman and the teen were initially 15 feett apart, the teenager pulled out his knife and eventually charged toward the officer. Coleman shot the teen twice in the upper torso at a distance of three to five feet.

The teenager sustained two entry wounds to his front torso, with no exit wounds. His injuries are not life threatening. BPD detectives then found the teenager’s mother and took her to Bloomington Hospital.

Of the six eye witnesses interviewed by police, all indicate Officer Coleman’s commands to the teen were ignored. Witnesses also told police the teen ran toward Coleman just prior to the shots.

When the teenager called 911 he also gave his real middle name to the dispatcher as his first name. Officers recovered the teen’s phone at the scene of the crime.

According to police, charges may be filed with the Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney. The unnamed teen is a student at Bloomington North High School.

Daniel Robison

Daniel started as WFIU's Assistant News Director in July 2008. He graduated with a B.A. in history in 2007 and earned an M.A. in journalism two years later. Daniel hosts Ask the Mayor weekly and the occasional Noon Edition. He also hosts Morning Edition on Thursdays, sleepily. Daniel's beats include everything News Director Stan Jastrzebski wants him to cover. And it feels strange to type biography of myself in the third person like this. So that's that.

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