Federal grand jury indicts man for firing gun during May 2020 protest in downtown Indianapolis

Indianapolis Area Crime

INDIANAPOLIS – A federal grand jury indicted an Indianapolis man for firing a gun on federal property during the May 2020 protests downtown.

According to the Department of Justice, 29-year-old Tyrone Ross was caught on camera firing a gun during the protest on May 30, 2020.

The incident happened around 11:15 p.m. Federal investigators said cameras from the Federal Protective Services (FPS) captured a group of individuals assembly on federal property at the Birch Bayh Federal Building on Ohio Street.

As the group walked toward Ohio Street, a person later identified as Ross pulled out a gun and fired at least four shots across Ohio Street toward the York Restaurant on the south side of the street. At the time, the street was filled with vehicles and pedestrians, according to the indictment.

The gunshots sent people nearby scrambling in different directions; Ross then caught up with his group as they headed toward the southwest corner of the federal building. The indictment said Ross, while continuing to run on federal property, fired at least one more shot in the air.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Ross with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The FBI released surveillance pictures last June and confirm those images led to the federal indictment.

Surveillance picture released by FBI that led to federal indictment.

Acting United States Attorney John Childress issued a statement on the case that read, “Randomly shooting a gun across a busy street and crowded sidewalk at any time is senseless and reckless.   This type of behavior cannot be justified or tolerated in a civil society and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Last year federal prosecutors also charged 23-year-old Antonio Wooden with unlawful possession of a firearm after police claimed video showed Wooden wearing a distinctive mask and firing a shot towards officers downtown.

Aside from Wooden and Ross, the U.S. Attorney wouldn’t confirm if any additional federal cases have been filed in connection to the civil unrest.

As previously reported, the weekend did result in more than a dozen state charges for burglary, looting, assault and weapons related charges.

Ross is already behind bars in the Marion County jail after pleading guilty to illegal gun possession in a different incident downtown in August of last year.

If convicted, he faces a maximum $250,000 fine, 10 years in prison, and 3 years supervised release.

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