INDIANAPOLIS – After a five-hour-long standoff, IMPD SWAT officers arrested a suspect in a mass murder that took four lives including a young child in a neighborhood east of downtown Saturday night.
Malik Halfacre, 25, was considered armed and dangerous but was not armed when he was arrested by officers in the 6200 block of Eastridge Road hiding in a duplex.
“SWAT negotiators did attempt to make contact with him. They did attempt to get messages into the house. They made contact into the residence of letting him know that gas would be placed into the residence. They waited for him to come out. They waited over three hours as they waited for him patiently,” said IMPD Public Information Officer Genae Cook.
“After approximately three or four hours SWAT team members made entry and located Malik Halfacre inside the residence inside the attic area. The suspect then gave up without incident.”
SWAT officers introduced several volleys of tear gas into the house and a battering ram to the front door in an attempt to gain entrance and force Halfacre out.
Halfacre was suspected of removing a six-month-old girl from a home in the 300 block of North Randolph Street Saturday night after a wounded woman was rushed to Easkenazi Hospital and told officers to return to the house near the former Indiana Womens Prison to discover other victims.
The baby was found safe early Sunday morning.
Jail records show Halfacre faces preliminary charges of murder, attempted murder and robbery.
“Some people have been up over 24 hours at this point just working on this case. We’re about 21 hours into this case so this is a good thing. We have a suspect in custody on something that was horrible. This was a horrible incident and at no point do we want this to go on any further,” said Cook.
“I do believe the community has played a role. They’ve been giving us information and that’s what’s important.”