INDIANAPOLIS — Police detectives used an ankle monitor to track and arrest a 28-year-old man accused of killing his father following a fight this week at a home on the Indianapolis' northeast side.
The man allegedly fled the scene following the shooting that killed 49-year-old Michael Wilson Sr. just before 10:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 4200 block of Edmonson Avenue, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said in a news release that Michael Wilson Jr. was arrested Wednesday. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office charged Wilson on Friday with murder, kidnapping while armed with a deadly weapon and being a felon carrying a handgun.
Court records indicate Wilson Jr. was awaiting trial on felony battery and neglect of a dependent charges that were filed in August of 2020.
Wilson Jr. and his father began fighting Tuesday night in the northeast-side home, according to the probable cause affidavit. Two witnesses told police Wilson Jr. yelled, “you better be glad I ain’t got my gun” after people in the house broke up the fight.
A witness told a detective Wilson Jr. did not have a gun during the fight and figured he went to his room to get one. The witness said they heard three gunshots a short time later and saw Wilson Sr. lying on the floor bleeding, the affidavit said.
Another witness said the father grabbed a hammer after the fight was broken up and demanded his son leave the house. The witness told two detectives that she took the hammer away from Wilson Sr. and put it in her bag before she saw Wilson Jr. shoot his father.
The witness went up to the suspect’s room and knocked on his door. The affidavit says Wilson Jr. took her by the arm with the gun in his hand and demanded that she drive him away from the house.
According to the affidavit, she told him that Wilson Sr. was supposed to be fixing her car and she did not have the keys. Wilson Jr. got out of the car and walked northbound on Edmonson Avenue.
On Wednesday, IMPD Violent Crimes Unit detectives tracked Wilson Jr. through his ankle monitor, the affidavit said.
He initially denied that he was at his father’s house, but then said he was there for a short time.
He also denied fighting with his father but changed his story to one that confirmed what witnesses told police. He said a different person in the house or a drug dealer might have shot his father, the affidavit said.
After speaking with Wilson Jr., detectives told him he was being arrested for murder. He is currently in custody at the Marion County Jail.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact IMPD Det. James Hurt at 317-327-3475 or James.Hurt@indy.gov.