Armed standoff on city's far westside ends in double murder-suicide




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  • 2022-04-25 03:32:51Z
  • By IndyStar | The Indianapolis Star

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Police found three people dead in a home on the city's west side after a hours-long police standoff.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers responded after a report of shots fired Sunday afternoon, according to a news release from the department.

When they arrived about 2:20 p.m. Sunday, police found a man armed with a gun outside a home on the 1700 block of Countryside Drive. The man retreated inside the home, barricaded himself and fired multiple shots.

Three people are dead in a double murder-suicide in the the 1700 block of Countryside Drive on the city
Three people are dead in a double murder-suicide in the the 1700 block of Countryside Drive on the city's west side Sunday, April 24, 2022.  

In response to the shots, the SWAT team was called to the scene. After hours of unsuccessful attempts to communicate with the man, SWAT entered the home.

Two men and one woman were found dead. All three suffered gunshot wounds. Their identities were not immediately released.

About an hour after the standoff ended, Countryside Drive was quiet besides the hum of running police cruisers and soft chatter.

Neighbors stood on the sidewalk and their front lawns, facing toward the crime scene taped house across the street. Mixed with friendly conversation, they theorized about what transpired earlier that day.

Three people are dead in a double murder-suicide in the the 1700 block of Countryside Drive on the city
Three people are dead in a double murder-suicide in the the 1700 block of Countryside Drive on the city's west side Sunday, April 24, 2022.  

Police continued their investigation into the night with officers filtering in and out of the house. A makeshift barrier was placed in front of the open garage door in attempt to block onlookers from seeing inside. Some officers conversed in the front yard while others searched in and around the home with flashlights.

This is the second double murder-suicide in the city this month.

Three people died in a shooting at the Oaks of Eagle Creek apartment complex in the 5300 block of Holly Springs Drive West, near West 56th Street and I-465 just before 1:30 p.m. April 15.

Danyette Smith, director of Domestic Violence Programming with Indianapolis' Office of Public Health and Safety, said the April 15 shooting was likely the result of domestic violence.

"We've seen an increase of domestic violence," Smith said at the time. "We know we are sitting in a ZIP code that is in a top 10 list for domestic violence runs and calls for IMPD."

Police have not said if Sunday's shooting was tied to domestic violence.

IndyStar journalist Jake Allen contributed to this report.

Cate Charron is an intern at the IndyStar. You can contact her on Twitter at @CateCharron or email at CCharron@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Indianapolis crime: Police find three people dead after armed standoff

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