Suspect dies after search for burglars leads to water rescue on north side

Police at scene on Dec. 18, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The search for a pair of burglary suspects turned into a water rescue that ended in the death of one of the men, police say.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police and Indianapolis Fire Department crews were called to Dean Road and 82nd Street Tuesday morning.

According to IMPD, officers responded to a reported burglary at a nearby business around 5 a.m. When they arrived at “U Break I Fix” in the Clearwater Shoppes retail center, they confronted two suspects who then went out the back door.

Both jumped into the water; one of them quickly came back to shore and was taken into custody. The second individual was in the water for at least 30 minutes, police said, and was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 8:48 a.m., police said.

On Wednesday, he was identified as Darrius Middleton, 30.

Police believe the two individuals were the only ones involved in the burglary.