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Man found shot to death in Irvington apartment building, Indianapolis police say

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Posted at 7:04 AM, Oct 04, 2022
and last updated 2023-02-02 16:43:46-05

UPDATE: On Feb. 2, IMPD announced a suspect was arrested but the warrant has been sealed by the courts.

INDIANAPOLIS — A man was found shot to death early Tuesday in an apartment complex in Indianapolis' Irvington neighborhood, police say.

Officers found the victim in a hallway wounded while they responded about 6:30 a.m. to Irvington Arms Apartments in the 5300 block of East Washington Street, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. This is near South Ritter Avenue.

The victim was later pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as Deandre Halbert, 35, according to the Marion County Coroner's Office.

It isn't clear whether the shooting happened inside or outside the building.

A Catholic school located in the same block as the apartment building was briefly placed on lockdown while officers worked the scene.

RELATED | Residents start a petition for Irvington Arms Apartments after fatal shooting

Shortly after 9 a.m., IMPD Officer Samone Burris told WRTV that a SWAT team had conducted a safety sweep at the buildiing. It's not clear exactly what led to the sweep.

By 9:30 a.m., the SWAT team had cleared out from the area.

IMPD Officer Samone Burris told WRTV that investigators are relying heavily on members of the public to come forward with any information.

Tips can be submitted to IMPD's homicide office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 (TIPS).

Residents of Irvington Arms have started a petitionasking Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and other representatives to resolve what they say are unsafe living conditions created by the owner.