Attempted murder, criminal recklessness charges filed in IMPD headquarters shootings
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The man accused of shooting up two IMPD roll call sites in October faces three charges of attempted murder for firing on police officers.
Damoine Wilcoxson, 21, already stands charged of the seemingly at-random killing of Jac Clements, an 82-year-old Zionsville man who was gunned down in his driveway on Sept. 28.
A week later, someone armed with the same type of weapon used to kill Clements opened fire on IMPD’s northwest district headquarters, peppering the building with 30 shots.
Nine days later, the same gunman fired bullets at IMPD’s north district headquarters, leaving 15 shell casings behind and sending officers inside scrambling for cover.
“At the north district, when the shooting occurred on October 13, two officers were plainly visible through a lighted window,” said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, “and, in particular, it was obvious that from the vantage point where the shell casings were recovered that the individual shooting from that location would have been able to see the two officers and, indeed, one round did come very close to the officers at that scene.”
Notes left behind by the shooter declaring war on white people, and forensic evidence, led investigators to Wilcoxson’s northeast side apartment where, on Oct. 31, he held off SWAT team officers with the same gun used in the roll call shootings. A 7-month-old child was inside the apartment at the time.
“As that SWAT situation was going on, he fired at our officers and officers did not return fire,” said IMPD Chief Troy Riggs. “They stayed there and bravely kept their posts.”
Wilcoxson faces a third attempted murder charge because of the six shots fired through the door of his apartment during the standoff as well as a count of criminal recklessness.
Curry noted that with the death of a Georgia police officer Wednesday night, 63 lawmen or women have been killed in the line of duty across the United States so far this year.
“It is apparent to us that the drumbeat of criticism and reckless accusations against our police officers by some elected officials and politicians, by activists, and, to a certain extent, by the media, have placed our officers at great peril throughout the country.”
Wilcoxson’s trial in Marion County may be delayed pending the outcome of his murder charges in Boone County.