Neighbors uneasy after burglary turned deadly

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A teenager died after a botched burglary Sunday afternoon.

The victim came home in the middle of the day to find three intruders trying to steal his televisions. That was when police say he pulled out a gun and shot and killed 17-year-old Brandon Ford.

The incident occurred on North College Avenue near 31st Street. The situation has neighbors ready to move out.

“On a Sunday afternoon, that’s what’s so upsetting. I should feel content in my house on a Sunday afternoon,” said Nicole Bowers, who lives across the street.

Bowers and her college-aged roommates have lived in the neighborhood for three years, and say they are now thinking of moving out when their lease is up.

“I felt happy and content with what I had until something like this happens. It’s just really upsetting to all of us,” said Bowers.

One friend of the 17-year-old suspected intruder who was shot returned to the area of the incident on Monday.

“I feel like he could’ve done it in a different way, like he could’ve grabbed him. You didn’t have to kill him,” said Ladreal Chapman, a friend of Ford’s.

24-Hour News 8 tried to speak to the resident police say shot Ford, but he wasn’t reachable Monday.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office says it’s unlikely the resident will be charged with a crime. According to Indiana’s Castle Doctrine a person has the right to use force to protect their person or property.

Police questioned one person Sunday and were looking for another person potentially involved in the crime. There was no word Monday afternoon of any arrests. 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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