BROWNSBURG, IN– It’s yet another example of a “good guy with a gun” story that got ignored by the media.
A legally armed citizen stopped a murder at the Brownsburg Cemetery on July 14. Twenty-two-year-old Joshua Hayes drove over to North Grant Street and then walked to the cemetery where, without any provocation, he allegedly opened fire on two men working there.
A victim, later identified as 36-year-old Seth Robertson and another potential victim ran in different directions to get away from the gunfire. Hayes continued shooting at Robertson until he caught up with him in the intersection of 56th and Grant.
Officers are currently investigating a shooting at 56th Street & North Grant. There is no threat to the community. Please avoid this area. If you witnessed or have any information regarding the incident contact BPD Investigations Division at 317.852.1109.
— Brownsburg Police (@bburgpolice) July 14, 2020
Robertson was killed in the attack.
Hayes, after shooting and killing Robertson, went after the second cemetery worker, who has yet to be identified
Hayes ran after the other unidentified man, giving chase through a residential area, and circling back to the intersection where he’d parked, police said.
He allegedly kept shooting at the man, sending at least one bullet into a vehicle that pulled up at the stop light, The Indianapolis Star reported.
The driver of the vehicle saw Hayes chasing after the unidentified man, and managed to jump out of his vehicle just as Hayes pointed his gun at his head, according to police.
The driver’s attorney, Guy Relford, told WIBC:
“The scenario was fairly clear to him in that the one person was chasing the other and the other was saying, ‘no, no, no, no please don’t shoot me, please don’t shoot me,’”
“And my client, under incredibly stressful circumstances took aim, took his shot [and] hit the gunman.”
Hayes was still holding his gun when he scrambled back to his feet, so the driver fired more bullets at him, Relford said.
Hayes died at the scene, The Indianapolis Star reported.
The driver, whose name has not been released, suffered unspecified injuries, according to the Pharos Tribune.
Police said that the legal gun owner’s use of force was justified.
Brownsburg Police Department (BPD) Captain Jennifer Pyatt-Barrett told the Pharos Tribune:
“[The driver] realized that Victim 2 was fighting for his life and that’s when [the driver] engaged,
“[A person] can indeed intervene when they see the potential for another life being taken,” Capt. Pyatt-Barrett explained. “[The driver] stepped in because not only did he see that, at that point, Mr. Hayes had Victim 2 on the ground and was pointing the gun at his head preparing to fire again. That’s when [the driver] decided that he had to stop Mr. Hayes.”
Given the state of racial unrest currently in this country, Brownsburg Police have stressed that this was in no way racially motivated.
Police are executing search warrants and subpoenas in the course of this investigation.
“Of course, we still have to turn this entire (investigation) over to the Hendricks County Prosecutor’s Office for them to determine if any criminal charges will be filed,”
“However, at this point, we’re saying, based on our law enforcement investigation, the only criminal actions that we found had been committed were at the hands of Mr. Hayes.”
The attorney also added:
“One of those bullets actually went through my client’s vehicle window. He was actually injured with shrapnel, my client was.”
Police encourage anyone with information about the August 4th incident to contact them.
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Here is more about the raging crime in Indiana.
We are now over two months since riots had spread to numerous cities across the United States – and Indiana wasn’t immune to the nonsensical response to an isolated incident in Minneapolis in late May.
Now, investigators have started racking up charges against bad actors who decided to engage in felonious behavior on May 30th in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Saturday night riots of May 30 in downtown Indianapolis played out on live TV. The prosecutor told News 8's @RichardEssexIII that 25 people have been charged so far. A number of cases from the riots remain under review. See the court docs in the story. https://t.co/R3NRRvsywg
— WISH-TV (@WISH_TV) July 31, 2020
May 30th was a relatively crummy day for many of business owners across the country, and business owners in Indianapolis weren’t spared from the riotous acts committed by miscreants on said day. Doug Stephens, the owner of Downtown Comics in Indianapolis, described the chaos that happened on May 30th:
“This corner, Market and Penn, was the epicenter of everything going on because of the way the crowd moved and the way that the police pushed them back toward the Circle, and there was a stopping point — it was pretty much a chokepoint — right on the corner right next to my store.”
Looting at T-Mobile, Windsor jewelry pic.twitter.com/FbD8jMiVJZ
— Vic Ryckaert (@VicRyc) May 30, 2020
Stephens noted that due to the acts committed by rioters, those from the suburbs genuinely have no desire to visit that portion of town since it has become defaced and destroyed:
“You know, we are pretty much reliant — the retail and restaurant (businesses) anyway — are reliant on the people from the suburbs coming downtown. It is a tough sell when you have plywood and a lot of sketchiness on the sidewalks.”
Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears is on the forefront of handling the criminal cases that have cropped up from the May 30th riots. Mears explained that what took place in the city created numerous instances of crimes of opportunity:
“People saw an opportunity to take advantage of things. Oftentimes it was alcohol, which obviously didn’t have anything to do with why people were down there for very legitimate social justice reasons.”
This isn’t protesting. It’s organized terrorism set off in cities across the country at the same exact time.
— Just the Facts (@MichalakJim) May 30, 2020
There were two murders that happened during the riots that took place that infamous weekend in Indianapolis. While one person has been charged with murder for one of the cases, the second case remains unsolved and without suspects wanted for arrest.
Despite all the criminal activity that took place on May 30th, Mears is disheartened that there hasn’t been more charges and arrests for some of the more egregious crimes committed that weekend:
“Unfortunately, of the charges that we filed; you don’t see any charges for arson. You don’t see any charges for some of the shootings that took place. We obviously charged the one murder case, but there are some additional matters that are still open to investigation and, if we are in a position to file those cases, we absolutely will.”
Some of the charges that stemmed from the riotous weekend saw people charged with rioting, some with resisting arrest, and of course no riot would be complete without someone getting arrested for looting.
NEWS: Prosecutors say 25 people have been charged so far in connection with the May riots in downtown Indy. A number of cases from the riots remain under review.https://t.co/VePXm1L2Av
— 93 WIBC Indianapolis (@93wibc) July 31, 2020
There’s likely more criminal charges coming down the line for a seemingly innumerable amount of malefactors that made their way through Indianapolis during the weekend of May 30th, and while we’re two months’ removed it shows that police are not done investigating the crimes that took place.
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