INDIANAPOLIS – A 19-year-old gang member learned his sentence following a drive-by shooting that injured an Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer and the carjacking that followed.
A judge sentenced Eugenio Gonzalez to 36 years in prison for the shooting that injured IMPD officer Dustin Carmack in August 2011. Gonzalez, who is in the U.S. illegally, agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to aggravated battery and carjacking. In exchange, prosecutors dropped the attempted murder charge against him.
Gonzalez will have to serve at least 15 years of that sentence in prison. When released, he faces deportation.
Police arrested Gonzalez following an incident at the Liquor Cabinet at 3374 W. Michigan last August. Carmack had arrived in response to a disturbance there. As he sat inside his cruiser with a juvenile in custody, a silver Honda drove up and someone fired four shots. One of them hit Carmack in the leg; another hit his squad car.
Gonzalez admitted he had a gun, but told Fox59 during an interview after the incident that he wasn’t the gunman. Multiple witnesses disputed that account, saying a person matching his description had opened fire. When police found him later that night, he was inside a different vehicle with a backpack containing the gun used to shoot Carmack. He told Fox59 that a friend told him to “get rid of (the gun).” Police said he carjacked a couple and took the vehicle in an effort to escape.
Gonzalez was identified as a member of the Puros Vatos Locos gang, although he told Fox59 that he was no longer associated with the gang.