Police investigate deadly home invasion on Indianapolis northwest side
Metro Police detectives are investigating the city's latest homicide on the city's northwest side.
Police have identified the victim as 67-year-old Thomas Tefft. They say the suspect cut out part of the screen of a back patio door and the door was not locked.
Police received the call at 6:45 am from a home at 7822 Harcourt Spring Place, near 79th and Harcourt Road. An IMPD spokesman tells Eyewitness News that someone broke into the home, fired a gun and killed one man. The man's wife says she heard a scream and the gunshot.
The gunman took off, stealing the couple's black 2009 Hyundai Sonata. Police are now looking for that car, with Indiana license plate number IW813. So far, there is no detailed description of the suspect.
Neighbors consoled Tefft's wife as she tried to deal with the shock of losing her husband. Police have no reason to believe Tefft was specifically targeted in the attack.
"It appears that this person was just looking for the opportunity to victimize somebody," said IMPD spokesman Michael Hewitt.
Nadia Miller lives nearby and shared her concerns about crime in the neighborhood. She said she came home one day to find the tires on her car missing and her car sitting up on blocks.
"I have a little girl. A lot of us - it's a family-friendly neighborhood. We have small children, grade school ages, this is really unfortunate, it really is. And it's scary," she said. "I am really shocked about all this. I really am."
According to Ellen Rogers from Washington Township Schools, there are extra security officers in place at Greenbriar Elementary School at 82nd and Ditch, which is close to the scene. Elementary schools began classes at the usual time of 8:25 am. She says there are no plans for a lockdown at the school.