Family remembers man who police say was shot and killed by ex-wife

Brittni Martin (Provided Photo/IMPD)
Brittni Martin (Provided Photo/IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Indianapolis woman is in jail accused of shooting and killing her ex-husband.

It happened at a home near Shortridge and 13th Street on the east side of Indianapolis over the weekend. Now, the family of 40-year-old Jack Martin is trying to raise money to help pay for his funeral.

Jason Gossett told 24-Hour News 8 that he cannot believe how his sibling died and described his brother’s relationship with his ex-wife as love-hate.

“I’m never going to be able to talk to my brother again I’m never going to be able to hug him or go fishing with him or anything like that,” he said.

Gossett said he wants his older brother back more than anything. He described his brother Jack as a good man, always willing to help.

“He was always willing to help anybody and everybody. He’d give you the shirt off his back if he could,” he said.

Gossett said he last talked to his brother just a week before he died.

“First day I found out about it I was shock I mean I never would have thought that this would happen to my brother,” he said.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed this week, Brittni Martin told police that night, she got into a fight with Jack Martin. She told them he pointed a gun at her; she got it away from him, and shot him.

Court documents show police did not find any evidence of a struggle inside the house or visible injuries. Police arrested her and charged her with murder.

“Our emotions are mixed right now, we really don’t know what to think,” he said. “We’re very hurt and hopefully justice will come out of this.”

Gossett said his brother and Brittni got married, divorced, and we’re trying to work things out. He said their relationship spanned 20 years.

Gossett is now focusing on their 7-year-old daughter.

“My main thing is his little girl is without a mother and a father,” he said. “Her mother is in jail for murder my brother is dead. I mean it’s really hard.”

Court documents also show the 7-year-old girl was sleeping when the shooting happened.

Martin’s next court date is scheduled for January.

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