Indianapolis man questioned by police fearful of ‘street justice’

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Dec. 9, 2015)-- An Indianapolis man was questioned this week by IMPD homicide detectives and ruled out as a possible suspect in connection with an October homicide.

IMPD is leading the charge to break the code of silence on the streets and encouraging people to share any information they might have about crimes committed in Indianapolis.

Although police eliminated Kerry Matthews Haynes as a possible suspect, Haynes is now worried that he might be labeled a snitch and is concerned that his safety could be at risk.

"The next thing I heard was loud gunshots," said Haynes.

Haynes describes what he heard while walking to a neighborhood liquor store on Oct. 23.

"I heard bullets go by my head," said Haynes. "I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. I heard the gunfire and I took off running," said Haynes.

Gregory Wilson Jr. didn’t see those bullets either. He was shot and killed around the corner from the liquor store on the 3000 block of Capital avenue.

"Me and my fiancé were looking at the news and my picture popped up. The first thing I said was  baby that’s me right there," said Haynes.

Monday, IMPD released surveillance  pictures of Haynes inside the liquor store from the day of the shooting. Detectives asked for the public to help in locating Haynes because they wanted to ask him some questions.

Haynes turned himself in, answered questions for homicide detectives and he was released a short time later.  He was ruled out as the possible gunman.

"There's word in the street that people are looking for me," said Haynes.

After hearing rumblings about people looking to harm him, Haynes turned to community activist Damon Lee.

"I saw people sharing his picture on social media and I heard people in the neighborhood talking about it and we don’t want any other innocent people to be murdered," said Lee.

Lee is the president of WADE, a local group aimed at finding solutions for street violence.

"It’s very important that we are getting the right people behind bars," said Lee.

Lee says more needs to be done to help clear the names of innocent people like Haynes who are questioned by police and released.

"You want us to come talk to you. You want us to step up and report these crimes, but you also have to protect these people and have these peoples backs," said Lee.

If you have any information on Wilson's death you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

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