Police investigating 2 men found dead on west side

IMPD officers work at the scene of a fatal stabbing near 18th Street and Dexter Avenue. (WTHR/Joe Fenton)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Indianapolis police are trying to determine what killed two men Tuesday morning and sent a third to a hospital. Investigators suspect drugs are to blame.

Anger and fear spilled from front porches on to the 1800 block of Dexter Street Tuesday morning. Officers responding to a call of three men down quickly found themselves having to protect the crime scene and look out for their personal safety.

Officers broke up several ugly confrontations. Grieving, frustrated relatives and residents hurled threats and angry words. At least one carried a gun. Charlotte, who didn't want to use her last name, watched the skirmishes from her front yard. She said it hurt "real bad, because they are my people. Nobody's getting along."

"Everybody is killing each other," she said.

Police found two men in their fifties dead outside the house. A third was rushed to the hospital. None of them had obvious injuries. Suspecting drug overdoses, officers put on masks before going into the home to look for more victims.

LeTerrance McCray said his uncle is one of the dead men.

"The drug dealers in this neighborhood are cutting their drugs with fentanyl and they are killing people and nothing is being done about it," McCray said.

A minister gathered people in a circle for a prayer. Calls for peace fell on deaf ears and confrontations continued. Police could have made several arrests, but didn't.

"We don't want to take people to jail because they got emotional," IMPD Officer Aaron Hamer said.

Investigators suspect a fourth victim checked himself into a hospital.

They gathered evidence from the scene. Detectives are hoping autopsies and information from a survivor help them determine how the men died.

Police worked the crime scene for four hours Tuesday. Four minutes after officers left, they were back, trying to keep the peace among scared and angry people.