Couple who shot and killed neighbor won’t face charges, prosecutors say

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James Neal (Photo provided by family friend)

4 Fast Facts

  • No criminal charges in fatal Tuesday shooting
  • Police say man ended up in neighbors’ house before he was shot
  • Friends said the man may have suffered from a medical condition
  • Police said neighbors cooperated fully with investigation

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – No criminal charges will be filed in the death of an Indianapolis man who was fatally shot after entering his neighbors’ home.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office said it wouldn’t pursue charges in the case.

Around 6 a.m. Tuesday, residents at a home in the 700 block of South Bosart Avenue shot a man they believed had broken into their home. The man was their neighbor, 53-year-old James Neal. He was naked and unarmed, police said.

According to investigators with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the husband in the home confronted Neal with a shotgun; a struggle over the weapon ensued. The man’s wife retrieved another gun and confronted Neal. Both fired at Neal, fatally wounding him.

They called 911 to report the shooting, and police said the couple cooperated fully with the investigation. An 11-year-old child was also in the home at the time.

Friends of Neal believe he suffered from a medical issue and didn’t realize where he was at the time, police said. They said he sometimes suffered from seizures.

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