None of the four Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officers involved in the May 7, 2020 shooting death of McHale Rose were charged. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office announced Jan. 22 that all officers killed Rose, 19, in self defense.
According to the prosecutor’s report, Rose called 911 at 1:29 a.m. on May 7, 2020 to report a burglary in progress at 2208 Woodglen Drive on the north side of Indianapolis. Police say the number recorded in the 911 call matched the phone number Rose provided to his case manager at Marion County Community Corrections Home Detention. Rose was on home detention at the time of the incident.
Soon after making the call, Rose began streaming live on Instagram. When friends told him to “go home” in the comments, Rose responded, “I can’t, they already coming,” referring to police.
When four IMPD officers — David Loyal, Andrew Guzman, Pepper Eldridge and Joseph Maxey — arrived at the scene at roughly 1:38 a.m., they said Rose shot at them with a semi-automatic rifle. The officers returned fire, and video taken by a witness showed Rose laying on the ground.
According to the report, Rose ignored instructions from the officers to put his hands in the air. One witness allegedly heard Rose tell the officers: “You guys are going to have to kill me. I’m not giving up.” Officers shot at Rose again when he allegedly reached for his gun. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:02 a.m. According to his autopsy report, Rose suffered 12 gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.
None of the four officers provided formal statements at the time of the shooting after invoking their right against self-incrimination. They were placed on immediate administrative leave following the shooting — which took place just hours after the death of 21-year old Dreasjon Reed — though they returned to duty Aug. 6, 2020.
This story is ongoing and will be updated when more information becomes available.
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