Whitestown, IN - Officers from up to seven agencies who live in an Indianapolis suburb had their homes and cars vandalized Wednesday night. The targeted attack happened in The Walker Farms and Harvest Park subdivisions just north of Indianapolis. Families in the area have been left shaken by the attack and searching for answers.
Walker Farms is a large subdivision that is home to many area first responders including firemen and police officers. According to Fox 59 law enforcement families woke up to graffiti on their homes, and their squad cars vandalized this morning. Agenices including the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Zionsville Police Department, Indiana State Police, Lebanon Police Department, Whitestown Police Department, Speedway Police Department and Westfield Police Department all call the subdivisions home. At least four departments were affected by the vandalism.
Squad cars that were parked in front of homes had their windows broken and their tires were slashed. Alarmingly, those whose cars weren't home still had vandalism done to their property, including graffiti on their garage doors. The graffiti included "F**k WPD (Whitestown Police Department)." At this time only police officer's homes are believed to be the target.
We spoke with one officer's wife who advised that her family has been shaken by the incident. During a time when law enforcement has had to be on high alert due to the rise in ambush attacks, having their personal home targeted put even a seasoned police wife on edge. To be the target of such vicious attacks purely because of your profession has got to end, she said. The family is now left trying to explain to their older children why they were victims of the attack.
Dax Norton the town manager has issued a statement on the incident:
"We are very disturbed and angry about this situation. Our residents are very, very respectful and supportive of all public safety agencies, including the Whitestown Police Department, and I’m sure I speak for them when I say that this will not be tolerated in Whitestown. And let me make very clear that we are working very, very hard to find however did this and insure that they are punished for doing so.”
If you have any information you are asked to call the Whitestown Police Department at 317-732-4547.
Our hearts go out to all of those affected by these attacks on our heroes. May peace and swift justice come to the situation.
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