INDIANAPOLIS – A man is under arrest for his alleged role in a deadly shooting from earlier this month on Indianapolis’ east side.
According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, 43-year-old Gerald Gray was apprehended shortly after the shooting that killed 47-year-old Anthony Myers Sr., who court records show, is his cousin.
IMPD said officers responded to the 3300 block of N. Denny Street around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, after hearing gunshots in the area. They found Myers lying outside his home, suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to a probable cause affidavit, someone at the home on N. Denny Street told investigators she saw a black truck pull up out front and Myers reportedly said he would go check it out. The witness told investigators she heard gunshots and ducked down, and when she looked out the window, she saw Myers fall to the ground.
An autopsy report showed that Myers died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Investigators also recovered a firearm found next to Myers on the ground, which appeared to have been fired, court documents show.
Myers’ children said he was a loving father and grandfather and that he was always smiling and laughing and is deeply missed.
They also shared that he could usually be found working on new projects or restoring older cars, which is something they said he loved to do. He was looking forward to restoring an old school bus, but never had the opportunity before he was killed, his family said.
On Oct. 12, IMPD said North District officers located Gray “within minutes” of the shooting. A probable cause affidavit shows that an officer was about one tenth of a mile from the scene when he heard about five to six gunshots and put the information out over the radio.
“Due to beat policing, our officers are able to have more of a focus area, more of a smaller beat so that we can touch all of those areas,” said IMPD Officer William Young. “That officer heard those shots being fired and took quick action, which ultimately lead to detaining the alleged suspect, which ultimately led to an arrest.”
According to the PC, the officer observed a black Chevrolet Silverado heading westbound on 33rd Street quickly. As the officer began to follow the truck, court records show the driver began to accelerate, then slam on the brakes, before turning into the driveway of a home on North Sherman Drive.
“Once in the driveway, the driver, later identified as Gerald Gray, exited the vehicle, immediately reached under the driver seat, and grabbed a black firearm,” read court documents.
Documents show the officer ordered Gray back into the truck, but he ignored commands and ran into a stranger’s home. The affidavit shows that Gray came back out, ignoring officers’ commands again, and put the truck into reverse before officers were able to secure him.
Court documents show someone inside the home told police Gray “walked inside his aunt’s house, put something inside the house down the hallway, and they do not know him.”
Investigators executed search warrants on the pickup truck Gray was allegedly driving and in the home on N. Sherman, records show. Inside the truck, officers found a magazine, and inside the home, a handgun with a cartridge in the chamber, located in the bathroom.
Court documents show that the Laboratory Examination Report for the firearms examination confirmed the bullet that killed Myers was fired by the handgun found in the home on N. Sherman Drive.
Officers also located surveillance video from a nearby home on N. Denny St., which placed the truck being driven by Gray in the area at the time of the shooting, documents show.
According to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Gray was initially charged with being a serious violent felon in possession of a firearm, a Level 4 felony. Their office filed a seven-day hold, requesting Gray be held without bond as they moved to revoke his probation.
Court records show, at the time of Myers’ murder, Gray was on probation related to a 2021 case, where he plead guilty to resisting law enforcement.
Police said although the officer hearing shots led to a quick apprehension of the alleged suspect, it was the combination of quick police work, ballistics and technology, as well as witness cooperation that played a crucial role in Gray’s arrest on a charge of murder.
“Once we have witness cooperation, that always helps,” said Young. “Even though we had an officer in the area, kind of on the heels of this particular incident, that detective still needed these witnesses and we’re thankful that they came forth.”
Young said when the community and IMPD work together, they are able to make significant progress and hold those accountable who are pulling the trigger. He hopes to see the cooperation continue to also help other families awaiting justice for their loved ones.
“It hurts to think if it were your family member or someone else’s family member, that you would want someone to come forward. Detectives will continue to work extremely hard to work those cases, but more importantly, before we even get to a point where somebody is being hurt, we want to get that message to those potential suspects that the city has put significant resources as far as Peacemakers, our social workers, all of those things. Find some outlet, rather than hurting someone,” said Young.
Police said they’re hoping to reinforce the message that resolving conflict with violence is never acceptable.
“Nothing can be that important to where you want to take someone else’s life for whatever reason,” said Young.
Young reminds there are also resources in the community that can help if you find yourself in a situation where you feel something could happen or you want someone to help intervene.
It’s not clear the exact motive in the shooting, but court documents show a relative told police she believed it was over a dog.
Gray is charged with murder, being a serious violent felon in possession of a firearm, and residential entry, court records show. He has an initial hearing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon on the new charges.
Anyone with information should contact Detective Douglas Morning at the IMPD Homicide Office at (317) 327-3475 or via email at Douglas.Morning@indy.gov.
Anonymous tips can be submitted via Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).