This article mentions domestic violence. If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. For anonymous, confidential help, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 24/7, at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). Additional local organizations and hotlines are at the bottom of this story.

INDIANAPOLIS — Police have arrested a 30-year-old man after his estranged wife was killed in a shooting on Indianapolis’ near east side Wednesday morning.

According to IMPD, just before 6:30 a.m., officers responded to a report of a person shot on N. Tuxedo Street, in between E. 9th and 10th Streets.

A woman was found lying in the street with at least one apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead by Indianapolis Fire Department personnel.

Marcelus Teasley booking photo

The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified her as La’Shelle Teasley, 35. Family members on scene told FOX59 she was a loving mother.

IMPD Homicide Branch detectives were called to the scene and began their investigation. Police said preliminary information led their investigators to believe that a domestic disturbance about a firearm happened before the shooting took place.

IMPD’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit was called to the scene after learning the suspect, La’Shelle’s estranged husband 30-year-old Marcelus Teasley, refused to come out of a home and was possibly armed. SWAT was able to remove the suspect and take him into custody.

On Thursday, IMPD announced the arrest of Marcelus Teasley on a preliminary charge of murder.

IMPD’s Victim Assistance Unit, Chaplain’s Office and Indy Champions for Domestic Violence Prevention (ICDVP), under the Indy Public Safety Foundation, also responded to the scene to help provide support.

“Right now this is a fog to them, this is just numbness to know that their loved one is out there,” said Danyette Smith, Director of Domestic Violence programming for the Champions Program for Domestic Violence Prevention.

Smith said they want to not only make sure they can provide as much support as possible for those impacted by this, but that they can also provide resources to help hopefully prevent something like this before it happens in the first place.

“Love is a powerful thing. We know that love is a life or death situation and with domestic violence, it typically turns to death,” said Smith. “We’re seeing that there is an increase and if it’s not so much of a drastic increase, it’s still the fact that our numbers have not went down when it comes to domestic violence.”

Smith said, since the start of the pandemic, domestic violence-related deaths in the State of Indiana have increased about 180%. That reality once again hit too close to home in the Indy area Wednesday morning.

“It does not get easier. It’s painful; it can take you back to a place of knowing that there are so many others and this could be your loved one, this could be your child that’s, you know laying on the ground or laying in the house dead because of love, and they didn’t know how to get out of that unhealthy situation,” said Smith.

She encourages people to reach out to an advocate if you suspect yourself or a loved one are in an abusive situation.

“You may not be in a place where you can immediately go, but connecting with an advocate can help you work on that plan, because fleeing is the most dangerous part of domestic violence,” said Smith. “It’s so much lighter, I won’t say easier, but so much lighter to be able to shift the way you need to shift and safely so that other parties know what’s going on, but also to make sure that you get to where you need to get, especially if there’s children involved, to get to where you need to go.”

Police say the woman’s family was at the scene and emotions were causing some tension early on in the investigation.

“They just lost a loved one, and we understand that emotions were high at the time, so we brought in our Emergency Response Group (ERG) as well as our Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT) to assist with additional resources to ensure the community and officers remained as safe as possible during this devastating time,” said IMPD Officer Samone Burris.

“Once those tensions kind of resolved a little bit, then our officers went back into service and it’s pretty calm here right now,” Burris told FOX59.

Domestic Violence Resources in Indiana

For people in domestic violence situations in need of help, there are many resources in the Indianapolis area that you can reach out to for assistance, including:

People living in Indianapolis can call a free, 24-hour line to be connected with an advocate. That number is 317-210-0866 or you can reach out via email to champions@indypsf.org.

Hoosiers are also encouraged to call 211 to connect with an advocate who can help you or your loved one planning to leave an abusive relationship. While connecting with an advocate is the number one recommendation, prevention and intervention advocates say confiding in someone and creating a safety plan, is also key.

The number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline is 800-799-7233 (SAFE) or visit their website to learn more.