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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — An Illinois man was arrested after a road rage incident in Monroe County, state police say.

At 3:18 p.m. Wednesday, officers with the Indiana State Police assisted the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office with a reported road rage incident involving two vehicles on State Road 46 between Ellettsville and Spencer.

According to police, a 2023 Chevrolet Cruz was in the middle of the roadway with the driver of the vehicle having a medical issue. Before police and emergency services arrived, an altercation occurred between the occupants of a white pickup truck and the occupant of the Chevrolet Cruz.

The white pickup truck left the scene before Portteus arrived at the scene.

State police initiated a traffic stop with the white pickup truck on State Road 46, near the Concord Road intersection in Owen County. During the traffic stop, state police determined that a passenger, Jesse E. Karrick, 28, of Illinois, was wanted on warrnat for burglary out of Illinois.

State police transported Karrick to the Owen County Jail, where Karrick awaits extradition to Illinois. The road rage incident remains under investigation.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A 13-year-old is in critical condition after a shooting Friday afternoon on the city’s near east side, police say.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to a report of a person shot in the 1200 block of North Tuxedo Street just before 2 p.m. Friday.

Officers arrived and found a 13-year-old shot and was taken to Riley Hospital in critical condition.

Police say that a group of juveniles were playing with a gun before one of them was shot.

IMPD did not say if the 13-year-old shot themself or was shot by another juvenile in the group.

No further information was provided.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A juvenile accused of shooting a woman with a pellet gun near an Aldi in Irvington is in custody, police said Friday.

Just after 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were called to a possible injured person in the 6600 block of East Washington Street.

Upon arrival, officers learned that a woman near the store had been shot with a pellet gun and identified the juvenile as a possible suspect.

“One juvenile was arrested for criminal recklessness and battery with injury,” IMPD Public Information Officer Lt. Shane Foley confirmed to News 8.

Foley did not provide the juvenile’s name or age and did not say if there are any additional suspects.

Indianapolis police are investigating at least one additional pellet gun shooting near the same location.

One person called 911 after being shot at the grocery store just before 7 p.m. Monday, according to a police report obtained by News 8.

Investigators have not determined if the incidents are related, IMPD Officer William Young said Friday.

“We have had several incidents of persons injured at that location by a pellet. Detectives will be following up on the cases to see if the suspects are the same or different suspects per incident.”

Young says IMPD East District officers are working with the business to find a solution and stop the shootings.

Anyone with information should contact IMPD or Crime Stoppers.

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis police are speaking with a “person of interest” after a shooting at a liquor store sent one man to the hospital.

Just after 2 a.m. Friday, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers found a man shot in the parking lot of Community Spirits. That’s at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and 29th Streets, about 1.5 miles south of Crown Hill Cemetery.

The man was taken to a local hospital and is stable, according to officers at the scene.

Investigators believe the shooting stemmed from a fight between the man and one or two other people.

One person was taken into custody for questioning, IMPD says, but no arrests have been made.

Police did not say how the person of interest is connected to the shooting.

Anyone with information was asked to contact IMPD or Crime Stoppers.

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Two IMPD officers were injured in a single-vehicle crash on the northeast side of Indianapolis while pursuing a rape suspect Thursday, police say.

Just after 8 p.m. Thursday, two officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were in a vehicle pursuit of a man who was wanted on charges of strangulation, battery, and rape. The pursuit traveled north on Shadeland Avenue near Fall Creek Road.

While pursuing the suspect, a civilian not involved in the pursuit was in the path of the pursuing officers. The pursuing IMPD vehicle swerved into the path of another IMPD vehicle, forcing the pursuing vehicle to swerve again, resulting in a crash.

One officer suffered a broken leg and the other officer suffered a cut. Both officers, who were in the same vehicle, were transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

Other officers involved in the pursuit arrested the fleeing suspect near East 82nd Street.

(WISH) — Video from Indiana State Police shows a wild, high-speed chase between Indiana law enforcement and a stolen school bus.

News 8 brought viewers the story when it happened last week.

Police say it started when Chad Murdock stole the bus in Cincinnati. They say he drove it into Indiana, going through several counties.

Video shows him driving through fields trying to evade police. Officers finally got him to stop in a field in Shelby County, just southeast of Indianapolis.

Police arrested Murdock for resisting, criminal recklessness, and possession of stolen property.

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — Cindy Simmons heard what she thought were shots being fired in her backyard.

According to police, the shots she heard were fired in the street right behind her house about 9 p.m. Wednesday. “And then suddenly, there were policemen coming in, sirens, and I looked out and said, ‘It is right here.’ There were cops everywhere and lights flashing.” Simmons said.

Plainfield police say a road rage incident started along East Main Street when three juveniles riding in a Kia Optima exchanged words with three or four juveniles in a silver Dodge Charger. The two cars eventually made their way into a subdivision behind Simmons house. Police say the driver of the Dodge pulled a gun and fired multiple shots into the open window of the Kia.   

I-Team 8 was told Thursday that two of the shots fired at the Kia hit a boy sitting in the back seat. He was taken to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis; police said Thursday he is out of surgery and stable.

Simmons and her husband have lived in their house for decades. She isn’t about to pack up and move, but certainly isn’t happy with crime and violence creeping into Hendricks County. 

“Yeah, it makes me uneasy.” 

Police took a 16-year old girl, 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man into custody. Only the 17-year year-old boy remained in custody on Thursday. The other two were released. Police have not publicly shared their names.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A correctional officer at the Marion County Adult Detention Center was arrested by her colleagues in the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Criminal Division after trafficking drugs into the facility earlier this month.

Nijell Holmes, 25, had been employed by the MCSO for less than two years before her arrest and immediate termination. She had no prior disciplinary history.

After arriving for her shift Wednesday, Holmes was greeted by MCSO detectives and questioned. A subsequent search of her person turned additional narcotics she allegedly intended to traffic into the facility.

Detectives arrested Holmes on charges of dealing in a scheduled drug and trafficking with an inmate. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will make final charging decisions.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police say they are investigating the death of a 61-year-old man found last week near Crown Hill Cemetery on the near north side.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers responded at 4:30 p.m. June 1 to a report of a person battered in the 3200 block of North Capitol Avenue. Officers found a man, who was later identified as Jeffery Davis, with injuries consistent with trauma, a release said Thursday.

Medics transported Davis in critical condition to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries.

IMPD did not provide details on a possible suspect or how Davis received his injuries.

Police say that autopsy results were not completed as of Thursday morning and a formal homicide determination is pending.

This story and headline were updated to correct the spelling of “cemetery.” The story and headline also were updated because investigators have not yet determined what caused the man’s death.

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Indianapolis man has pleaded guilty to raping and murdering an 80-year-old woman in the nursing home where they both lived.

Dwayne Freeman, 61, was charged with two counts of rape and two counts of murder for the death of Patricia Newnum in February 2022.

On Wednesday, Freeman accepted a deal from prosecutors and agreed to plead guilty to one count of rape and one count of murder. He will spend 75 years in prison, according to court papers obtained by News 8.

As a part of the agreement, the remaining charges against Freeman were dropped.

Freeman and Newnum both lived at Homestead Healthcare Center on Madison Avenue on the city’s south side, where Newnum was in hospice care.

A probable cause affidavit says that around 5 a.m. on Feb. 2, 2022, a nurse walked into Newnum’s room and found Freeman on top of Newnum with a pillow on her face.

Freeman was naked and Newnum was only wearing a shirt, the nurse told police.

Police were sent to the nursing home about half an hour later and Newnum was pronounced deceased at 5:45 a.m.

Freeman originally said that Newnum “was already dead” when he came into the room, court papers say. Staff found a bottle of alcohol near Freeman and told police that he was drunk.

He later said the two had sexual intercourse, but that it was consensual. Staff said that at the time of her death, Newnum was unable to move on her own and that her speech was limited.

“I’m going to get me a woman tonight,” Freeman told staff the night before the killing, according to court documents.

Freeman’s criminal history includes previous convictions for misdemeanor battery and public indecency.

Freeman is set to appear in court for a sentencing hearing June 22.

This story was updated to correct Freeman’s age.