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2 people dead after murder-suicide inside home on east side of Indianapolis

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Posted at 10:14 AM, Jan 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-18 09:00:03-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A man and woman are dead in what police believe was a murder-suicide inside a home on the east side of Indianapolis.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a welfare check before 10 a.m. Friday in the 6100 block of Nelson Place, near East 10th Street and North Arlington Avenue, said IMPD Officer Genae Cook.

Family members met police at the home where officers found a man and woman dead inside from gunshot wounds.

Cook said officers believe the two people were in a relationship, might have had children together and the deaths are being investigated as a murder-suicide.

Cook said family members had not heard from the couple in recent days.

“The families affected by this today will never be the same,” Cook said. “They will always have this in the back of their mind, and as a community, we need to stand together and be able to talk to them. So, reach out if you know them. Reach out if you need help. There are so many avenues.”

The Marion County Coroner's Office identified them as Latia Scott, 29, who died by homicide, and Dewayne Autman, 30, who died by suicide.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call IMPD Det. Ryan Clark at 317-327-3475 or email him at People can also call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana anonymously at 317-262-8477.

If you or a loved one are involved in an abusive relationship, you can contact the Julian Center, located at 2021 N. Meridian St., by calling their 24/7 crisis line at 317-920-9320. Hoosiers can also call 211 or 866-211-9966 to be connected with advocates and resources near them.