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Man found shot and killed inside car is Indianapolis' 246th homicide

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Posted at 9:48 AM, Nov 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-31 18:15:51-05

UPDATE: On Dec. 31, IMPD announced Jesse Grabarczyk of Beech Grove was arrested in connection to Vaughn Isom's death. Online court records show Grabarczyk is charged with murder and carrying a handgun without a license when the defendant has a prior felony conviction.

INDIANAPOLIS — A man found shot and killed inside a car early Saturday morning on the southeast side of Indianapolis is the city's 246th homicide victim, according to police.

The homicide means Indianapolis broke its homicide record — making 2021 the city's deadliest year.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers found the man around 1 a.m. in the 3100 block of Harlan Street after they were called to investigate the report of a person shot, IMPD Officer Samone Burris said in a press release.

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The man, found with at least one apparent gunshot wound, was dead at the scene, Burris said. He was identified by the Marion County Coroner's Office as Vaughn Isom, 47.

Homicide detectives are investigating. They are asking for anyone with information to contact them. Detective Michael McWhorter can be reached at the homicide office at 317-327-3474 or by email at Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477) or online.