Burglary suspect apparently drowns trying to elude police

Courtesy IFD
Burglary Suspect Dies In Drowning
Deadly Police Pursuit

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A burglary suspect running from police was dead when he was pulled from a northwest side retention pond early Saturday.

According to Metro Police, officers were called on a burglary at the Waterfront Terrace Apartments around 4 a.m. and found three men at the scene on Kebil Drive near 34th Street and Moller Road.

They were able to catch two, but a third went into the pond next to the clubhouse and didn't come out.

Police called for Indianapolis Fire Department divers to look for the man.

Divers found the man's body in about six feet of water, 15 feet from the shore. Medics could not revive him.

The Marion County Coroner's Office will determine the exact cause of death.

Police have not identified any of the three, but say the two in custody are juveniles who were arrested for burglary.

Metro homicide detectives are now investigating.

At the scene, IMPD Officer Aaron Hamer explained why officers called for divers rather than going into the water after the suspect. Getting out of some 40 pounds of gear "would be very difficult, knowing there is another suspect potentially out," Hamer said. "So putting yourself in that danger, I think, at that point, it is best to contact IFD who are more equipped for that."

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the IMPD Homicide Office at (317) 327.3475 or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262.TIPS