Suspect Captured After Hermitage Shooting

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(top) Speedway and Metro officers guard the suspect after the pursuit ended in the 100 block of north White River Parkway.
(bottom) The unidentified victim is removed from the doorway of 2336 Hermitage Way.

Photos by Jay Thompson
(posted Sept 2)
(updated 11 am)

Speedway Police released details of this morning's murder in the Hermitage Apartments. Joseph Fields, 24, Indianapolis, was charged with murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, and fleeing law enforcement in the shooting death of Chris Ingram.

Police received a 911 call of shots fired at 1:52 am at 2336 Hermitage Way. Arriving officers found a male bleeding from a large gunshot wound to the head. Witnesses at the scene provided officers with the suspect's vehicle description. Officer Chuck Ezell spotted a maroon Toyota matching the description heading east on 16th Street at a high rate of speed.

As officers initiated a felony hot stop at 16th and Tibbs, Fields fled eastbound to White River Parkway West Drive, then southbound to just north of Washington where he crashed in the grass on the east side of the street.

One shot was fired by a Metro officer at Fields as he exited his car with a shotgun, Fields surrendered and was taken into custody. Officers found three shotgun shells in his pocket.

Investigators said the victim had been in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend at the apartment and was leaving with some personal belongings when Fields, a friend of the family, arrived with a shotgun. Fields shot Ingram one time in the head, then fled the scene.

Police said Fields has previous convictions for armed robbery and carrying a handgun without a license.