MARION, Ind. (WANE) – The condition of a man shot by a Marion Police officer has improved since the Sunday incident.
Police said Chris Cook was armed and running away from officers following a reported disturbance at 2805 South Boot Street in Marion. He was in critical condition on Sunday but had improved to serious condition by Tuesday.
According to police, 26-year-old Cook was seen walking near the street where the incident had occurred when police responded to the disturbance around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. As the officer exited his police car to speak with him, Cook ran away and the officer chased after him, according to the police report.
Police said the officer asked Cook to stop multiple times while he ran for about two blocks. During the chase, the officer saw Cook holding what appeared to be a handgun. Cook was told to drop the gun and show his hands several times. Police believe he made a motion as if turning to the officer, and was shot one time in his rear right torso.
As is standard operating procedure, the Marion officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The Indiana State Police, at the request of the Marion Police Department, is investigating the shooting. No one else was injured during the confrontation.