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Man accused of shooting officer pleads not guilty

– A Gary man accused of shooting an Indianapolis police officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of attempted murder and carrying a handgun without a license.

Charles Williams, 22, entered the plea in Marion Superior Court, The Indianapolis Star reported.

Authorities said Williams wounded Indianapolis Metro Police Officer Gregory Stevens in leg on Sept. 24 at an apartment complex on the city’s east side. The shooting came four days after IMPD officer Rod Bradway was fatally shot as he forced himself into an apartment where a domestic disturbance was underway.

Stevens, who has since been released from a hospital, was shot while responding to a call that two men were firing shots at the apartment complex, a probable cause affidavit said.

Stevens said a door to an apartment swung open and Williams walked out holding a gun, the affidavit said. As Williams started walking away, Stevens identified himself as a police officer and ordered Williams to drop his gun, but Williams shot at Stevens, hitting him in the right thigh.

Stevens fired twice at Williams, and a second officer fired four rounds at Williams, who suffered several gunshot wounds, police said.

Williams is being held on a $250,000 bond in the Marion County Jail.