INDIANAPOLIS — Police exchanged gunfire with two suspects in a deadly Saturday morning shooting before arresting them. The suspects are accused of killing a man during a robbery on the near northwest side of the city and trying to get away in a stolen vehicle, IMPD said.
According to IMPD, officers witnessed the shooting. It happened just before 1:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of North Belleview Place, near Lafayette and Cold Spring roads.
IMPD officers and FBI Violent Crimes Task Force agents were in the area to investigate recent violent crimes when they saw a shooting.
Detectives later learned that two suspects, identified as 18-year-old Jashan Wallace-Carswell and 19-year-old Stacey Myron Fuller, approached a man and tried to rob him before shooting him. When medics arrived, they pronounced the man dead at the scene.
The Marion County Coroner's Office identified the deceased as 55-year-old James Dixon III.
Some of the officers went to help Dixon, while others chased down the suspects.
Police said Wallace-Carswell and Fuller ran to a vehicle and tried to get away in a vehicle that had previously been stolen in a carjacking.
Officers were able to use their unmarked cars to block the suspects' vehicle at West 16th Street and North Belleview Place.
That's when, IMPD said, at least one of the suspects shot at officers. Bullets hit the windshield of their unmarked car, but didn't hit any of the officers.
One IMPD officer shot back at the suspects, but didn't hit either of them.
Wallace-Carswell got out of the passenger side front door with a gun and then dropped it, laid on the ground and was arrested.
Fuller got out of the driver's side and ran north. IMPD said Fuller threw a gun over a fence as he ran away.
Police were able to catch up with Fuller and arrest him. IMPD said officers also recovered his gun.
Wallace-Carswell and Fuller were taken to Eskenazi Hospital for evaluation, then booked into the Marion County Jail on preliminary charges of murder and robbery. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will make the final charging decisions.
Detectives are investigating to determine if Wallace-Carswell and Fuller were involved in other robberies.
IMPD said no one else was injured in this shooting and that there is no ongoing threat to the community.
Detectives are continuing to canvass the area for witnesses and other evidence. Anyone with information is being asked to call Detective Sergeant Michael Duke at 317-327-3475 or e-mail him at Michael.Duke@indy.gov. Alternatively, anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.
IMPD Internal Affairs will conduct a separate investigation and the officer who fired his gun has been placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting investigation. Body-worn cameras were activated at the time of the incident.