INDIANAPOLIS — On May 21, 2021, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Indianapolis Park Rangers were dispatched to Wes Montgomery Park on a report of a person shot.
Upon arriving, rangers located the victim, then 25-year-old Keandre Coleman with injuries consistent with a gunshot wound. Coleman was then transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.
Detectives with IMPD later identified then 24-year-old Keith Bryant as the suspect. He was charged with Attempted Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon in July 2021.
At the time of his arrest, Bryant was already in custody for having a weapon as a previously convicted felon.
”The homicide detective learned the suspect was at a gun range shooting a gun and he qualified as a serious violent felon,” said IMPD Lt. Shane Foley.
Foley said IMPD was able to make an arrest in June of 2021, a month before murder charges would be brought against Bryant.
”The added importance to this is as this investigation was continuing this individual was not on the streets of Indianapolis, he was not posing a threat to the community in any other way,” Foley said.
With Coleman already in custody on an unrelated case, Foley said this gives the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office flexibility.
“They were able to drop the charges and potentially pursue additional new chargers for murder without any concern Bryant would be released from custody,” Foley said.
The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office dropped the attempted murder charges against Bryant in November 2021. In a press release, authorities said charges were dropped because it became apparent Coleman was going to die.
Keandre Coleman passed away May 3, 2022, and this case is now being investigated as a homicide. Prosecutors will make a final decision about charges on Bryant once Coleman’s autopsy report is complete.
Bryant is currently incarcerated in the Indiana Department of Corrections and is not able to be released until December 2028 according to the DOC website.