IMPD roll call hopes to raise awareness in murder of 10-year-old boy

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 25 2015) – Indianapolis police reported to duty on Wednesday with an important message. Several members of the police department got together on the exact spot where a 10-year-old boy was murdered in mid-September.

DeShaun Swanson was gunned down in a drive-by shooting at his family’s home. Unfortunately, no arrests have been made in the case.

It’s a crime that’s still painful for neighbors and police. “This murder with a 10-year-old boy is about the worst thing ever on this street,” said neighbor Exielo Bates.

“This homicide of DeShaun has really touched a lot of people in this district and community. It keeps me up at night. I’m thinking about it all the time,” said IMPD commander Christopher Bailey.

There is no real physical evidence in Swanson's murder that can help detectives solve the crime.

The officers working the north district were given posters to hand out while on the job.

The fact is, police know they need the public’s assistance to make an arrest and hope doing their roll call on the scene of the crime will bring some much needed attention to the case.

“Right now what we need is information. This case isn’t going to be solved with physical evidence that will lead us to a suspect,” said Bailey.

Last year, the IMPD had 135 criminal homicides. Close to 74 percent of those crimes were solved. This year the clearance rate is significantly lower at close to 55 percent. That leaves 64 homicides unsolved this year alone.

Police wish that number was lower but say they need the public’s help to make that happen. Since late August four people were killed in the Butler Tarkington neighborhood, including Swanson.

All four cases remain unsolved and police hope that changes soon.

“These are the crimes we have to solve to start the heeling in this community,” said Bailey. “Even the most hardened criminal has to say you crossed the line when you murdered a 10-year –old boy.”

Investigators believe Swanson’s family may have been caught in the crossfire in an ongoing drug war.

Anyone with information on the murder or any of the city’s other unsolved crimes is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.