Coroner releases name of man whose throat was cut with broken bottle

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A man is dead after getting slashed in the throat with a broken glass bottle.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to Bosart Avenue, near 10th St and Emerson Ave, just before 2:20 a.m.

Officers found a man, later identified as 53-year-old Phillip Toombs, in the street with a large cut on his neck. He was in extremely critical condition, and he died while medics transported him to the hospital.

Witnesses say Toombs and a neighbor were fighting over a backpack with a possible weapon inside.

"I’m just sad. I’m sad and I'm hurt," said Rodney McGowan.

Rodney lived with Toombs and says they'd been friends for more than 3 decades.

"That’s a long time to be a friend with someone," said McGowan. "Me and him grew up together."

Court records show at the time of his death Toombs did have an active warrant for his arrest from a domestic battery case.

Prosecutors claim Toombs hit one of his roommates in March and threatened quote, “I’ll cut your throat.”

Regardless of that past, his friend says the death could have been prevented if cooler heads had prevailed.

"It’s just sad this happened. It not hit me now, but it’s gonna hit me," said McGowan.

One person was detained at the scene and taken to the homicide office for questioning and later released. At this time, the case is listed as a homicide and hasn't been ruled as a murder.

Rodney isn't sure if the death of his friend should be a considered a crime or not.

"I just know it involved two good guys and somebody’s not here, so nobody is happy," said McGowan.

The prosecutor's office will determine if charges are appropriate in this case.

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