Homicide investigation underway on near south side after 88-year-old man found dead

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Police say the death of an 88-year-old man on Indianapolis' near south side is being investigated as a homicide.

Officers were called to the scene in the 2500 block of Union Street, west of Garfield Park, around 1:20 p.m.

The case was initially labeled as a death investigation, but police later confirmed they were investigating the incident as a homicide. IMPD said investigators detected trauma on man's body, which led them to believe it is a homicide.

The victim was found by a friend. On Wednesday, he was identified as Carl Petroff. Friends said he used to own the Social Tavern on Meridian Street. They also said he just celebrated his 88th birthday recently.

“There's so much cruelness and meanness going on in the world today that there could be no reason," said the man's longtime friend Amy Cohron.

Another puzzling factor in the case is that his friends said Petroff was always carrying a weapon on him for protection. Some friends said he was known to carry two guns at a time or even sleep near his gun just to be safe. A sign in his home window reads, "Warning: There is nothing here worth dying for."

“I hope they find out who did it and get the maximum punishment," Cohron said before adding that he had been using a cane and wheelchair to get around at times. “A feather would have blown him over. I don’t see why someone would hurt him like they did."

Anyone with additional information regarding the case should call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477) to submit an anonymous tip.

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