The coroner on Monday identified the man killed as 55-year-old James Dixon III.
INDIANAPOLIS – A man has died after a shooting and two suspects are in custody following a shootout with police early Saturday morning.
Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were patrolling around 1:40 a.m. at 1900 North Belleview Place to investigate recent violent crimes in the area. While there, officers said they saw a shooting.
Outside of 1910 North Belleview Place, officers found a man on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds and began medical assistance while other officers chased potential suspects. Officers said the male victim was unresponsive and IEMS later pronounced him dead on scene, police said.
Officers who saw the shooting said the suspects ran to a vehicle. IMPD then used an unmarked car to block the suspect car in at West 16th Street and North Belleview Place.
At least one of the suspects, police said, began firing shots at officers and hit the windshield of the unmarked police car. No officers were hit by the gunfire, IMPD said. Damage to the windshield is shown below:
According to police, one officer then returned fire at the suspects but did not hit either suspect. The passenger in the suspect vehicle, identified by IMPD as 18-year-old Jashan Wallace-Carswell, got out of the car carrying a handgun.
Wallace-Carswell then dropped the gun, laid on the ground and was handcuffed without further incident, police said. His gun is shown below.
The driver of the suspect car, however, got out of the driver’s seat and ran northbound, IMPD said. Officers chased the suspect, identified by IMPD as 19-year-old Stacey Myron Fuller, and saw him throw a handgun over a fence. Fuller was captured by officers, taken into custody and his handgun was found.
Both suspects were then taken to Eskenazi Hospital for evaluation. They now both face charges of murder and robbery, IMPD said, although the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will make final charging decisions.
IMPD detectives learned that the man who died in the initial shooting was at 1910 N. Belleview Place when Fuller and Wallace-Carswell approached him and attempted to rob him.
Additionally, IMPD said that the car the two suspects were in was previously stolen in a carjacking. Detectives are looking into whether or not the two were involved in any other robberies as well.
No officers or other citizens were hurt in the incidents, IMPD said. Detectives said that they are “confident the person or persons responsible for the shooting are in custody and there is no ongoing threat” to the public.
While the criminal investigation into the initial homicide shooting is being handled by IMPD and the prosecutor’s office, a separate administrative investigation is being done by IMPD Internal Affairs as well.
The officer who fired back at the suspects has been placed on administrative leave, IMPD said, as is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting. Body cams were activated during the incident, police said.
Additionally, the civilian-majority Use of Force Review Board will hold a mandatory hearing for the attempted use of deadly force against a person, which will happen once the criminal process is over.