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Scene of shooting on December 12, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A shooting on the northeast side that killed a 19-year-old was justified, Indianapolis Metropolitan police say.

Homicide detectives were called to the 6800 block of East 56th Street around 8:20 p.m. Sunday, where they found a man had been shot and took the shooting suspect into custody.

Monday morning, IMPD said the shooting appeared to be a case of self-defense. Detectives interviewed the man and later released him.

Before the shooting, the men had agreed to a transaction involving a phone using the OfferUp smart phone app. They met in a parking lot to make the exchange.

Police believe the 19-year-old was trying to rob the other man, who shot him. IMPD said accounts from witnesses supported the self-defense story.

IMPD said the case remains under investigation. The findings will go to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, which will make a final determination on any charges in the case.