Suspect in deadly shooting turns self in, arrested on preliminary murder charge

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Detectives said Saturday afternoon they had made an arrest in a deadly shooting that happened on the west side of Indianapolis early Saturday morning.

Police say they arrested 25-year-old Devin Brookins on a preliminary charge of murder. He is accused of shooting and killing 34-year-old Michael Willoughby.

The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of South Girls School Road, near Morris Street. It was just outside of Sully’s Bar and Grill.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers said a fight began inside Sully’s and continued outside, where witnesses reported hearing gunfire. Willoughby was found dead in the parking lot between two cars.

Detectives were later told that a group of individuals, including Brookins and Willoughby, were in a fight outside the bar and during the fight someone started shooting. Detectives believe Brookins,  Willoughby, and others had been involved in an earlier fight inside the bar and that Brookins, along with his friends, were removed from the bar by the bar’s security.

Detectives say they got a tip that Brookins would surrender himself to police at Harbor Christian Church located on East 25th Street. He turned himself into Violent Crimes Detectives and was taken to IMPD Headquarters for questioning.

Police say Brookins was interviewed and arrested on the preliminary charge of murder. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will make a final chagrining decision. Police say Brookins’ photo is not being released due to the on-going nature of the investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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