INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 27, 2015) - Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Detectives have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with a weekend disturbance that ended with five people shot at the Tyler Apartments near downtown.
Police identified the man as Tyrice Howard-Smith, who was arrested on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness. FOX59 also learned the 20-year-old was a former Pike High School football standout and played defensive back briefly at University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne. School officials said Howard-Smith quit the team at the end of the last fall semester “and has not had any involvement with the school since.”
IMPD says the arrested suspect is one of three people who may have been shot by two officers in an exchange of gunfire inside the apartment building, located at 1201 N. Indiana Avenue. The apartments are popular among students at IUPUI, and are virtually full of students.
Police say they responded to the apartment building to handle a large party, possibly involving 150 people, that got out of control. As officers arrived, they heard gunfire inside the building. As police were making their way up a stairwell, they say three males pointed guns at them and at least one fired at them.
One male and one female were found shot on a different floor and transported to Methodist Hospital. A short time later, three males, including the 20-year-old arrested Monday, arrived at the hospital with gunshot wounds.
While it’s not confirmed the three men were hit by police gunfire, officials say their injuries indicate it is likely.
Investigators believe the earlier shooting stemmed from a fight between two females over a cell phone. It happened as the group of partygoers grew too large for a private security guard to control. Police say the party had been advertised on social media.
Sources say there was one unarmed security officer working inside the building, and one other unarmed security officer working outside the building. While all exterior doors to the complex are supposed to be locked, at least one door had been propped open so people could come and go.
CBS4Indy has also learned that the Tyler Apartments used to employ armed, off-duty IMPD officers to work security at the building. But, according to sources, the management stopped employing the officers because they only worked in pairs.
Management at the apartment complex has not responded to requests for comment regarding security.
IMPD officials say they plan to meet with apartment managers to address concerns about security and public safety.
The officers who fired at the suspects have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure during such an investigation.
Police said they also expect additional arrests.