Zionsville police chief gets federal help in solving 82-year-old man’s murder

Scene of the shooting on Sept. 28, 2016

Scene of the shooting on Sept. 28, 2016

ZIONSVILLE, Ind.– Zionsville Police Chief Rob Knox has only about 30 officers on his force and two of them are assigned virtual double shifts to do nothing else but search for the killer of man who was shot in his driveway last month during an apparent random incident.

“It just makes absolutely no sense,” said Knox. “That’s it. It just makes absolutely no sense at all why Mr. Clements got killed.”

Jac Clements, 82, was at his mailbox in the 800 block of Terrace Drive at about noon on September 28th when a man armed with a semi-automatic assault-style weapon opened fire.

Clements’ wallet was in his house, so if the killer’s intent was robbery, all he stole was a man’s life.

“One of the neighbors had been out to his mailbox walking his dog and had been to the mailbox and they saw a white Chevy Impala with tinted windows fleeing the scene,” said Knox. “We have been able to acquire some surveillance photos, not very good, we’re attempting to have them enhanced as we speak.”

That’s where the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI come in.

“They have a lot of experts and expertise in the video enhancement or if we need to do anything in tracking cell phone usage or anything like that,” said Knox.

The chief has also reached outside of Boone County to solicit help from IMPD and Indiana State Police.

An attempt to link the Clements murder weapon with a gun used in a pair of recent high profile Marion County shootings has yielded no comparison, said Knox.

Zionsville police continue to track every tip regarding a potential suspect, motive or spotting of a white Chevy Impala but so far the investigation has come up dry.

Knox said he wanted to reassure Zionsville residents that the probe continues into what appears to be a random shooting with no motive.

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