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IMPD arrests couple for deadly Christmas morning shooting

Just after 4 a.m. on Dec. 25, officers were called to the 2700 block of South Hunter Road for reports of a person shot.
Credit: IMPD
Zacharia Schmidt (L) and Chelsea Schmidt

INDIANAPOLIS — IMPD homicide detectives have identified and arrested two suspects for their alleged involvement in the Christmas morning shooting death of 40-year-old Tiffany Allen on the southeast side of Indianapolis.

According to a release from IMPD, detectives said they arrested 35-year-old Zacharia Schmidt Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 for his role in Allen's death. Detectives also arrested 25-year-old Chelsea Schmidt on the charge of assisting a criminal. 

Just after 4 a.m. on Christmas Day, officers were called to the 2700 block of South Hunter Road on a report of a person shot. When officers arrived, they found a woman — later identified as Allen — with a gunshot wound.

Medics pronounced Allen dead at the scene.

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will review the cases against the Schmidts and make final charging decisions.  

Allen's case was one of five homicides where IMPD reported arrests this week.

Check back for updates.

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