IMPD increases foot patrols after series of Labor Day weekend shootings
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It’s been a busy Labor Day weekend for Indianapolis police. Two people were killed and several more victims were injured following a series of shootings.
In response, the police chief called for enhanced patrols and put more officers on the streets for the holiday. On Monday, a number of officers parked their squad cars and walked the beat in downtown as well as in neighborhoods.
It’s a strategy the chief hopes will begin to cut down on some of the long-term violence.
“You know, crime doesn’t stop on the holidays. That’s why we’re out here, to make the city safer,” said IMPD officer Loren Eltzroth.
The foot patrols are part of a strategy that began in May to build trust in the community by making police more approachable.
“When you’re out on foot, you’re being proactive. People will come up and talk to you. You’re at cross walk people will strike up conversation and ask what’s going on,” said Eltzroth.
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of IMPD, the Labor Day weekend still saw plenty of violence.
Jakoby Hughes, 22, died after being shot on a sidewalk near 22nd and College on the near north side.
Later Saturday, a man was shot and killed on a motorcycle in a neighborhood near 42nd and German Church. Police say that killing was the likely result of gang violence.
Minutes later, two people were shot at a backyard cookout on the city’s west side. In that case the two victims survived and police arrested 38-year-old Corey Tibbs.
Then on Sunday, police say a half-dozen people got into a shootout near a gas station at 25th and Sherman. Dozens of shots were fired and a stray bullet wounded one woman.
Later Sunday, another person survived after being hit by gunfire in the same neighborhood were the first homicide took place.
Police say the best way to solve those crimes is with the public’s help and the walking beats are designed to make that easier.
“It makes people a little more comfortable when they see something they might tell us what’s going on. A lot more information flows when you’re out walking with the public,” said Eltzroth.
So far, no arrests have been made in the two homicides.
Police did not have any suspect information to release, but anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.