GREENWOOD, Ind. – An 18-year-old Greenwood man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy. That victim, according to the Johnson County Coroner's Office is Zachary Edwards.
Greenwood police found Edward's body in the backseat of a white Chevy Malibu parked in the 2000 block of Jaden Lane in the Pebble Creek Subdivision around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
The person who originally called police said they thought the person may be passed out, but officers later discovered he had died of a single gunshot to the head.
While detectives were working the crime scene, two other teenage boys showed up to the police department with their parents and identified the shooting suspect as 18-year-old Isaac R. Stinemetz.
“The victim and the suspect have known each other for a while apparently," said Greenwood Polcie Department Assistant Chief Matthew Fillenwarth, "it was just like a little argument.”
The 15-year-old and 16-year-old witnesses said Stinemetz and the victim were arguing when Stinemetz pulled a handgun out and shot the victim once.
“He told us he had dumped the gun down a storm drain after the shooting, and took them [investigators] to the storm drain where the gun was recovered,” said Fillenwarth.
Detectives took Stinemetz into custody without incident. During questioning, police say he admitted that he shot the victim, but claimed that he thought the pistol was unloaded.
Stinemetz said that after he shot the victim, he and the other two juveniles panicked and fled. Stinemetz is currently being held without bond on a reckless homicide charge, a level 5 felony.