Police investigating downtown Indianapolis shooting that killed security guard


INDIANAPOLIS – An unarmed security guard died in a downtown Indianapolis shooting, police say.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, officers responded to 343 E. New York St. around 3:40 a.m. after receiving a call that a man was lying in the street and not breathing.

He was taken to an area hospital, where he later died. Police said it appeared he suffered a gunshot wound to his back.

He was identified as 37-year-old Quintin Cole.

“Officers were dispatched about 20 minutes til 4 to a person down on the 300 block of East New York Street,” said Lt. Kerry Buckner with IMPD. “When they got here they identified an individual as a security guard from a local security business. They weren’t sure what was wrong with him. Had him transported to a hospital cause he was unresponsive. When he got to the hospital they found what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his back.”

A downtown lieutenant reported seeing the guard patrolling nearby businesses around 11:45 p.m., Buckner said.

“I can’t think of why anyone would rob a security guard,” Buckner said. “He was an unarmed security guard, so it wasn’t like they thought he was a police officer or anything like that.”

Police said they would check surveillance cameras at nearby businesses. The shooting remains under investigation.

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