Death investigation underway on Indy’s near northwest side as Indianapolis records 200th homicide

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a death on the city’s near northwest side. It’s the 200th homicide recorded in Indianapolis in 2020.

IMPD said the investigation is taking place in the 3600 block of West Lawnview Lane. Police initially responded to a single-vehicle crash around 7:30 p.m., but discovered the man died due to injuries inconsistent with a vehicle accident.

IMPD said the man suffered “trauma” and was awaiting word from the coroner’s office on how he died. The incident happened in a heavily traveled area near an apartment complex, but investigators don’t believe there is an immediate threat to the area.

Indianapolis surpassed its own homicide record earlier this month, with Tuesday’s homicide marking the 200th of the year.

“The year 2020’s been a challenging year,” said Officer William Young. “The residents have been hunkered down due to the pandemic. Our officers have remained steadfast even during the pandemic, that we will respond, we’ll stand with the community, we’ll do everything we can to curb gun violence.”

Young said 2020 has seen a lot of violence, not just in our city but across the country.

“It’s very frustrating. It’s an unprecedented time throughout this country. Unfortunately, our city has not been immune to violent crimes or gun violence as you know. We’re asking the community’s help. It’s very disheartening,” said Young.

He added that they know your concerns, hear your concerns and are working on it.

“We know the community’s frustrated. We’re frustrated with the community. We grieve with those families. Our officers, our homicide detectives, we grieve, they take that home every day,” he said.

IMPD has partnered with state and federal agencies to tackle the city’s gun violence. Officers say they’re doing everything they can to hold the people responsible for this violence accountable.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.

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