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Death investigation turns into homicide after man found fatally shot on west side

UPDATE: On Monday, the Marion County Coroner’s office identified the man as 54-year-old Avery Turner.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man is dead after being found with gunshot wounds on the city’s west side, police say.

Just after 1:00 a.m. Sunday, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the 500 block of North Pershing Avenue on a report of a death investigation. That’s an area near the Indianapolis Public Library and Haughville Park.

After arriving, responding officers found a man with gunshot wounds. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services.

IMPD detectives and The Marion County Coroner’s Office investigated the scene and will determine the exact manner and cause of death. The Marion County Coroner’s Office will release the man’s name after proper next-of-kin notification has been made.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Douglas Swails at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or e-mail him at

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