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Suspect who fired at officers now charged in Zionsville murder, linked to IMPD HQ shootings

Posted at 2:54 PM, Oct 31, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- A man who fired at IMPD officers during a SWAT standoff on the northeast side Monday is now also believed to be involved in a Zionsville homicide and shootings at two IMPD headquarters this month.

The standoff ended peacefully shortly before 4:30 p.m. at the Peppermill Farms Apartments on the 4300 block of Shadeland Avenue.

Police said the suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Damoine A. Wilcoxson, of Indianapolis, barricaded himself inside with an infant and fired multiple shots at officers who were attempting to serve a warrant.

Officers did not return fire, but did launch tear gas into the apartment in an attempt to get Wilcoxson to surrender – which he eventually did without further incident.

Police said the infant did not appear to have been harmed in the exchange, but was being taken to Riley Hospital for Children as a precaution.

"This was a very complicated situation from the beginning, because the suspect had a high-powered rifle but also because he had a small child with him," IMPD Chief Troy Riggs said.

Riggs also said Wilcoxson is believed to be linked to shootings at IMPD's North and Northwest District headquarters earlier this month.

"I will go ahead and confirm that this individual is our main suspect in the shootings at IMPD headquarters earlier this month," Riggs said.

No officers were injured in those shootings, but police found multiple bullet holes in walls, windows and vehicles on the property. The shooter is believed to have used a rifle to fire at those buildings.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett released the following statement after the arrest:

“This afternoon's events remind us all of the incredible dangers the men and women of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department face while protecting this city. Confronted with peril, these officers acted with bravery and professionalism and I applaud their commitment to ensuring the safety of those involved.
In addition, I commend the investigative work of IMPD, as well as our state and federal partners, who helped to identify and apprehend this suspect. Indianapolis will not tolerate reckless acts of violence, and we remain steadfast in our resolve to keep law enforcement officers and this community safe.”

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Shortly after the standoff concluded, Boone County prosecutors released a probable cause affidavit charging Wilcoxson with murder in connection to the September 28 death of John A. Clements of Zionsville, Indiana.

Clements died after being shot in his driveway in the 600 block of Terrace Drive. Police at the time said they found rifle-caliber shell casings at the scene.

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In the affidavit, Zionsville police say they matched shell casings found at the Zionsville murder scene to those found at both IMPD HQ shootings.

DNA found on a note left at the HQ shootings was also reportedly linked to the shell casings. Prosecutors said the matching DNA hit came from a case out of Ohio.

The notes allegedly demanded $100,000 and made deadly threats, including, "Whites must die."

The affidavit also claims Wilcoxson has been operating a Facebook page under the name "Frank Lucas" throughout October. The page reportedly includes postings saying things like "eye 4 eye & tooth 4 tooth & head 4 head” and “if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."

Prosecutors said the page also included a long post threatening violence and saying the Nazis "came up with a final solution to the Jewish problem."