Police identify person found dead in Broad Ripple as 31-year-old Indianapolis man

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INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 28, 2014) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police opened a death investigation Tuesday after a body was found in Broad Ripple.

IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams told FOX59 that an adult male was found dead around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of Chatfield Drive at Monon Place Apartments.  The location is just a few blocks away from Broad Ripple High School.

Police are calling this a death investigation.  According to IMPD, residents reported hearing shots fired in the area on Compton Street around 2:30 a.m.  While officers checked out the area to investigate, Adams said they did not see anything amiss in poorly lit apartment complex.

Hours later, a neighbor woke up and called 911 after finding the victim. Tuesday afternoon, police identified the man as Brandon Hale, 31, Indianapolis. Investigators said he didn’t live at the complex.

Police were going door to door in order to gather information from neighbors.

IMPD has not officially labeled this as a shooting death.  However, officers could be seen searching the ground on nearby Compton Street for shell casings.

“A homicide anywhere, whether it’s Broad Ripple or any other area in Indianapolis, I think is unacceptable,” Adams said of the need to treat all homicide investigations with equal importance.  “The fact that it’s here, obviously it’s sad for this community, but it’s sad for a lot communities that have homicides.”

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).