Columbus police release identities of two people dead after shooting, suicide

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Two people are dead after a shooting and police standoff late Thursday night in Columbus.

Officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of Lafayette Avenue on reports of shots fired shortly after 9 p.m. They found a female suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle when they arrived at the scene.

She was transported to Methodist in Indianapolis by medical helicopter, and she died from her injuries overnight. She was later identified as Kelly R. Baker, 43, of Columbus.

For several hours, officers staged outside of the home in which they believed the alleged shooter was hiding. Police used gas and flash bang grenades to subdue the alleged suspect. The sound of a possible gunshot had also been heard, according to police at the scene.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Friday, a deceased male was found inside by a remote robot that had been inserted inside the home by investigators. Columbus police confirm the man was the main suspect in the shooting, and he committed suicide. He was later identified as Brian F. Mitchell, 44, of Columbus.

No one else was in the house at the time. Police said Baker and Mitchell are distant relatives, but don’t know what led to the shooting.

Neighbors overheard the man and a woman talking outside the house shortly before hearing gunfire. The man was reportedly crying, saying his chest hurt and nothing could fix the pain. Moments later, they heard multiple gunshots.

“I heard rapid shots, about 5 or 6 of them and went outside to look to see if I seen anything and I just called 911,” one neighbor said.

Police report they had no murders in 2016 in Columbus and this shooting is rare in a community that is well below the national average for crime.