Two men arrested in fatal west side motel shooting

Victim Dustin Woods
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Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department say the man shot at a west side motel Saturday afternoon passed away early Sunday morning at Eskenazi Hospital.

He has been identified as Dustin Woods, 29, of Terre Haute.

"I still don't want to believe it, I still don't think it's true," said Kelly Lynn Lindsey, a lifelong friend of the victim.

Police say Woods was shot in the head at the Regal 8 Motel in the 6200 block of West Washington Street in Indianapolis.

"He had four children and the baby is two months old," Lindsey said.

She describes him as a family man.

"Anytime anyone needed anything he was there," she said.

Why he was in Indianapolis isn't clear, but police say they do know why he visited the motel.

"These individuals were inside of a hotel room and some sort of transaction occurred. We were able to recover a large amount of narcotics," IMPD Spokesperson Christopher Wilburn said.

Detectives believe Woods and suspects Eric Johnson and Alejandro Mauricio planned a meeting to buy and sell drugs. Investigators believe Woods and another person in the motel room were robbed. 

Woods confronted Johnson and Mauricio outside the motel room and one of the suspects shot him in the head, investigators say. The suspects left the area in the victim's vehicle, but police say they later abandoned it. 

About four hours after the shooting, officers on patrol noticed someone matching a description of one of the two suspects.

Johnson was arrested, but Mauricio did not surrender peacefully, which resulted in a five hour standoff, police say. Around 12:30 Sunday morning, police were able to make their way inside and arrest him.

"The line in the sand has been drawn. We will use what resources we have, we will work effectively and efficiently as the chief said and we will root out this evil," Wilburn said.

"This is a combined effort of our enterprise: Patrol, Investigations, Covert Operations, and the SWAT Team. As discussed last week we will move efficiently and effectively to identify persons involved in violent crime and bring them to justice. We will maximize the resources we are given and with support from our community and our law enforcement partners continue to reduce crime in our city," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.