UPDATE: Stabbing suspect dies before scheduled court appearance

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The Marion County coroner's office confirmed that Michael Morris, 41, died at 10:10 p.m. Thursday night, while awaiting his first court appearance on multiple charges surrounding Wednesday's series of hit-and-run incidents in downtown Indianapolis.  

According to a spokesperson for the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Morris was found unresponsive at 9:34 p.m Thursday inside a cell in the Marion County Lock Up, in the basement of the City-County Building.

No foul play is suspected, as Morris apparently took his own life. 

The official preliminary cause of death is apparent suicide. 

A follow up investigation is being conducted by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Marion County Coroner’s Office. The autopsy will include a toxicology report.

Morris had been arrested on Wednesday, August 26th, and charged with counts of Battery by Means of a Deadly Weapon, Criminal Recklessness, Strangulation, and Causing Serious Bodily Injury when Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, all Felony charges.

Morris was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Monday.

Police say Morris got into an argument with his wife at a home in the 3700 block of Roseway Lane in Indianapolis early Wednesday morning. Morris reportedly stabbed his wife after he started taking illegal narcotics After the stabbing, police say Morris took off in a car without permission.

Morris' wife told officers on the scene that they were at the home house-sitting for the owner. 

Morris drove into downtown Indianapolis, striking six pedestrians at several intersections, including a person outside the Conrad Hotel downtown on West Washington Street. Morris also struck a motorcycle.

Officers eventually arrested Morris at 30th and Cold Spring Road, where he crashed the stolen car.  Detectives are working with Marion County prosecutors on possible charges which will include felony battery. 

Morris' wife was stabbed in the stomach. She is reported to be in the hospital in stable condition.

Note: Police initially described Morris as a home invasion suspect. Later Wednesday afternoon, they clarified that report to say that he had stabbed his girlfriend and that there had been no home invasion. They also updated their report to say that the woman initially described as Morris' girlfriend is in fact his wife.

The Ford allegedly driven by Morris was linked to the following hit-and-run incidents in the downtown area:

  • Two people struck on Market and Pennsylvania
  • One person struck at Washington and Meridian
  • One person struck on the sidewalk in front of the Conrad Hotel at Washington and Illinois
  • One person struck near the Conrad
  • One person struck at Illinois and Ohio
  • A motorcycle struck at Delaware and Michigan Street.

According to IMPD's Chris Wilburn, only the person struck near the Conrad suffered serious injuries.  Wilburn said that person suffered "severe head and leg injuries."  The other four were in good condition, according to police.

Wilburn said the suspect crashed the stolen Ford in the area of 30th and Cold Spring Road, then surrendered to officers nearby a short time later.

Police were also concerned about a possible threat to Eskenazi Hospital following the stabbing, and Wilburn said the hospital and surrounding area were placed on alert.