Fugitive with Brown County connections captured in Indianapolis

A former Brown County man wanted for the attempted murder of an Indianapolis police officer has been arrested.

Michael B. Swafford, 31, was taken into custody at a gas station in the 3500 block of Kentucky Avenue in Indianapolis early in the morning of March 20,  according to IMPD.

Swafford was wanted for attempted murder, a Level 1 felony, and resisting law enforcement, a Level 6 felony, because police believe he shot at IMPD Officer Christopher Maher March 8.

Maher attempted to stop the vehicle Swafford was riding in of Indianapolis for a traffic infraction, but one occupant started shooting at the officer with what detectives suspect was a rifle. The officer returned fire and at least two people ran from the car.

Maher sustained a slight injury to his left hand and was placed on administrative leave.

At the time of his arrest, police reported Swafford was carrying a .50 caliber handgun and narcotics.

He also was charged with carrying a handgun without a license with a prior conviction, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

On March 10, the Indiana State Police, Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team and Indianapolis Metro Police Violent Crimes Unit served arrest and search warrants on Swafford’s parents’ home in Spearsville, but they were unable to locate him.

Police were gathered in northern Brown County near Ridge Acres and Spearsville/Peoga roads March 10 searching for 31-year-old Michael B. Swafford, who is wanted for the attempted murder of an IMPD officer. The Indiana State Police, Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team and the Indianapolis Metro Police Violent Crimes Unit were serving arrest and search warrants at his parents’ home on Ridge Acres.
Police were gathered in northern Brown County near Ridge Acres and Spearsville/Peoga roads March 10 searching for 31-year-old Michael B. Swafford, who is wanted for the attempted murder of an IMPD officer. The Indiana State Police, Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team and the Indianapolis Metro Police Violent Crimes Unit were serving arrest and search warrants at his parents’ home on Ridge Acres.