Greendale officer shot suspect in Burger King robbery, Indiana State Police say

ISP: Officer shot Burger King robbery suspect
Posted at 9:05 AM, Jul 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-02 20:48:07-04

GREENDALE, Indiana -- A Greendale police officer shot a robbery suspect who was armed with a knife early Saturday morning, according to Indiana State Police.

The suspect's injuries aren't believed to be life-threatening, ISP Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said in a news release.

Greendale officers were called to a Burger King restaurant on Lorey Lane near U.S. 50 at about 11 p.m. Friday for a report of an armed robbery. The man had approached two people in the parking lot and brandished the knife, forcing them to the door and forcing another employee to open the locked door, police said.

Once inside, the man forced the employees to open a safe and stole an undetermined amount of money, police said.

Employees told officers they saw the robber go into a nearby wooded area. He seriously injured one employee's foot on his way out, police said.

Greendale Officer Joseph Vance found Richard J. McCracken, 30, while searching that area shortly after midnight, Wheeles said.

McCracken still had the knife, Wheeles said, and Vance shot him twice during a confrontation.

Officers called for medical assistance and administered first aid. A helicopter transported McCracken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment.

Vance, a 12-year veteran of the Greendale Police Department, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation per standard operating procedure.

ISP detectives are investigating the shooting.

McCracken was charged with robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, three counts of kidnapping, attempted aggravated battery, four counts of intimidation with a deadly weapon and theft of more than $750.

After McCracken is released from the hospital, he will be extradited back to Dearborn County, police said.