Police investigate homicide after man found dead in apartment

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Police in Lafayette are investigating a homicide.

Officers responded to a reported shooting around 6 a.m. Monday in the 1600 block of Center Street. When officers arrived, they found a man inside an apartment with an apparent gunshot wound.

The man was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Lafayette police initially said they were investigating the death as a “possible” homicide but later said it was clear that someone killed the man.

Monday afternoon, police identified the victim as John Lawrence Byler, 52, of Lafayette. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Anyone with information should call the Lafayette Police Department at 765-807-1200 or the anonymous We-Tip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME.