Tip leads to arrest of suspect in murder of Lawrence teen
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A tip led to the arrest of a suspect wanted in connection with the shooting death of a Lawrence teenager.
Detectives with the Lawrence Police Department and deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tighe Bibbs Sunday night at a home near E. 10th Street and N. Lasalle in Indianapolis.
Bibbs was wanted on a murder warrant in the death of 16-year-old Shiloh Britton, who was killed during a shooting on Dec. 6, 2018. Britton was found with a gunshot wound in the 8800 block of Rue Madeleine, in Maison Gardens near East 42nd Street and Post Road.
The coroner’s office ruled her death a homicide and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office filed a murder charge against Bibbs.
Police had trouble locating him, however.
In March, Lawrence police and U.S. Marshals said they were looking for Bibbs in the case. At the time, Deputy Chief Gary Woodruff said the department had exhausted “every investigative lead” they had to find Bibbs. Investigators appealed to the public for help.
Woodruff said an anonymous tip led them to Bibbs’ location in Indianapolis. Bibbs was taken to the Marion County Jail.
According to court documents, family members found Britton had been shot in the head. Detectives discovered she’d been messaging with someone on Facebook named “OG Willow” and traced the account to Bibbs. The two exchanged messages about meeting up the night Britton was killed.
Police said surveillance video showed Bibbs entering Britton’s apartment complex a few minutes after midnight and then leaving 11 minutes later. A minute after that, the same person, believed to be Bibbs, came back with a “dark-colored item in his right hand.”
Britton was found shot to death in the morning.
A friend told police that Britton was previously dating a person called “Willow,” but the two had broken off the relationship after “Willow” cheated on her. The friend said the pair was “constantly arguing over trivial things” but would still “hang out and smoke marijuana together.”
The case against Bibbs is pending. His initial hearing is set for Wednesday.