Police: ‘Domestic situation’ leads to man’s deadly shooting in east side home

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A man was shot to death Monday following what police call a violent domestic disturbance.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), officers were dispatched to a home in the 2600 block of Kay Ellen Drive just before 7 a.m. The neighborhood is just east of 25th and Post on Indy’s east side.

When police arrived they found Gary Bryant, 27, was shot to death inside the home. Bryant was pronounced dead at the scene.

Friends and witnesses who live in the home say Bryant broke into the house and tried to kill his ex-girlfriend. That’s when he was shot and killed.

Police would only confirm the case appears to involve a domestic relationship.

“We believe this stemmed from a domestic, so right now we’re trying to figure out what took place this morning,” said IMPD officer Aaron Hamer.

Police say several people were inside the home when the shooting took place, but aside from Bryant who was killed, no one else got hurt.

Investigators say while no arrests have been made, the public is not in any danger and the shooting was not random.

“We believe that everyone that was involved in the situation has at least been in contact with detectives this morning,” said Hamer.

“I think the important thing is for people to remember that this can happen in their own families,” said Catherine O’Connor with the Julian Center.

O’Connor says the numbers show domestic violence impacts one in every five people in Marion County. That’s why experts say everyone needs to watch for red flags before domestic relationships turn violent.

“These situations don’t go away. They don’t get better. They just get worse over time,” said O’Connor. “If we see signs something is wrong, we should pay attention to that.”

Ultimately, it will be up to the prosecutor’s office to decide if any criminal charges should be filed.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477). Anyone who needs help with domestic violence issues can call 211.

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