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Man charged with deadly shooting during Indy riots told police 'I just shot somebody', docs say

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Posted at 11:33 AM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 13:41:48-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A man charged in connection with a deadly shooting during weekend riots in downtown Indianapolis told police he had just shot somebody, according to court documents released in the case.

Prosecutor Ryan Mears filed formal charges against Tyler Newby, 29, on Thursday. Newby is charged with murder in the shooting death of Dorian Murrell, 18, who was shot on East Market Street near North Pennsylvania Street Saturday evening during Indianapolis' violent protests downtown.

Murrell's death was one of two downtown during the same time period.

According to probable cause documents filed against Newby, witnesses say the two men were in a group near Monument Circle with some other men when an altercation took place and one shot was fired.

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Witnesses told detectives that most of the group fled after the shot was fired and they saw Murrell grab his stomach and fall to the ground.

Newby told detectives someone shoved to the ground and when he turned around Murrell was standing over him. He said he was afraid the man was going to punch him so he pulled out his gun and fired one shot, according to court documents.

"It all happened so fast, it was just a reaction," Newby told detectives.

Newby initially fled the scene with the rest of the group, but approached a deputy a short time later and told him "I don't know who I need to tell, but I just shot somebody," according to the probable cause.

Local businessman and former Indiana University football player Chris Beaty was also killed over the weekend. No arrests have been made in his murder.

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