INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The man arrested and released after a deadly shooting in the 1300 block of Edgecombe Avenue one week ago, is now behind bars for murder. Albert Rogers was arrested Thursday for the murder of 31-year-old Joshua Tucker.
For a week, family and friends of Tucker have been living in shock and fear after he was shot on the south side last Thursday. They say Tucker and the suspect lived near each other and had been feuding after a dispute over a dog went too far.
Family and friends who witnessed the shooting told police the shooter was the same man who shot at a dog in their yard on May 29. They told 24-Hour News 8′s Nina Criscuolo it was about so much more than that. They say Tucker’s girlfriend’s two-year-old son was in the yard at the time.
“It was about him. He was out the yard when the guy had shot in the yard and that was what he was most concerned about,” Tucker’s sister, Ashley Baird said.
After that, Tucker’s girlfriend said he had an invisible fence installed, but tensions between the two men continued. On June 5, police say Albert Rogers knocked on Tucker’s door. His girlfriend, Jessica Frank, says Tucker sprang to her toddler’s defense.
“He loved him. He would do anything for him,” Frank said.
The argument escalated and police say Rogers allegedly fired at least ten shots at Tucker. They arrested Rogers later that night, but released him.
Detectives said Tucker had also likely possessed a handgun during the disturbance. That gun was recovered at the scene.
On Thursday, a warrant was issued and, without knowing, Rogers showed up at the City County building where he was arrested for murder.
“We feel a little safer now,” Frank said.
“It just gives us some peace of mind and knowing that he’s not just out running,” Baird said.
Those closest to Tucker hope this is just the first step toward justice.
“Just having this guy put away, knowing that he’s not out there and he can’t come back here,” Baird said.
Now the community is really rallying around this family. Tucker leaves behind a 12-year-old daughter, along with his girlfriend and her son who he cared for.
On Thursday, the local Sheet Metal Workers Union held a benefit to support the family. This is just one day after the same group attended Tucker’s funeral with hundreds of others. They said Tucker’s death has had a big impact on their group.
“It’s done nothing but bring us closer together and make us a stronger group. And whenever we have a brother or sister who needs some help we try to pull all of our resources together and help them out,” Jason Benson said.
Money raised Thursday will go to a trust fund that has been set up for Tucker’s daughter. If you’d like to donate a fund has been set up for Jessica Frank at Indiana Members Credit Union.