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16-year-old fatally shot during apparent robbery on Indy's far east side

Officers responded to the 11000 block of Tapp Drive, near the intersection of North Cumberland Road and 10th Street, around 4:15 a.m.

CUMBERLAND, Ind. — A person was killed in a shooting during an apparent robbery on Indianapolis' far east side early Wednesday morning.

Around 4:15 a.m., IMPD officers responded to the 11000 block of Tapp Drive, near the intersection of North Cumberland Road and 10th Street in the Cumberland area, for a report of a person shot.

Police found a male victim who had been shot outside of a home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Marion County Coroner's Office identified the deceased as a 16-year-old.

(NOTE: 13News has chosen not to share the teen's name because he was a minor.)

Following a preliminary investigation, detectives believe the incident was self-defense.

Detectives determined two people were in a car when they were approached by multiple people. Police said at least one of the people that approached the car had a gun. Then, shots were fired, which resulted in the person's death.

Detectives believe the incident was some type of robbery attempt but are not able to confirm if it was an attempted carjacking.

Officers detained one person at the scene who is believed to be responsible for the shooting and is cooperating with police, IMPD said. 

Police collected evidence at the scene for several hours Wednesday morning.

The case will be presented to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office for a formal review and charging decision.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Andrew McKalips at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or email him at Andrew.McKalips@indy.gov. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

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