Family of Zionsville man fatally shot releases statement

Damoine Wilcoxson was arrested after a standoff with police Monday, October 31, 2016.(Photo Provided/Boone County Sheriff's Office)
Damoine Wilcoxson was arrested after a standoff with police Monday, October 31, 2016.(Photo Provided/Boone County Sheriff's Office)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)  — The family of the Zionsville man who was fatally shot in September released a statement Tuesday morning.

“We are relieved that the Boone County Prosecutor has been able to file charges in the murder of our father. We are very thankful to the Zionsville Police Department, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Indiana State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation and others involved in the investigation. Their diligent work brought this to a quick resolution so that others would not be harmed. We are also very thankful to our friends and neighbors in Zionsville who were able to provide information to the police related to the investigation,” the victim’s  family said in a statement.

Monday afternoon there was a standoff on the city’s northeast side after Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials said the suspect turned himself in to police.

IMPD said the suspect, 21-year-old Damoine Wilcoxson, is responsible for the fatal shooting of John Clements in Zionsville and the suspect wanted for shooting at two IMPD headquarters.

Wilcoxson barricaded himself inside an apartment with his infant son and was firing shots at officers Monday afternoon.

IMPD was trying to serve an arrest warrant on Monday afternoon. That’s when Wilcoxson barricaded himself and the infant inside an apartment in the 4300 block of North Shadeland Avenue.

Police fired gas into the apartment in order to get Wilcoxson to come out. Police said they did not fire shots back at the suspect because of the infant inside.

Residents in the surrounding apartments were evacuated until Wilcoxson turned himself in.

Wilcoxson peacefully surrendered to officers after three hours of negotiations.  The infant was not harmed in the incident.

IMPD officials say they are happy the standoff ended with no harm to the officers or the infant.

September Zionsville homicide

According to the Boone County Prosecutor’s office, Wilcoxson has been charged with the fatal Sept. 28 shooting of 82-year-old John Clements. The charges come as a result of an investigation by Zionsville Police Department, IMPD, the Indiana State Police and the FBI.

At the time of the shooting, police said they were looking for a black male driving an Impala. It is still not clear what the motive of the shooting was. Police believe Wilcoxson used a high-caliber weapon based on shell casings found at the scene.

Evidence techs found four .223 caliber shell casings, all stamped with “FC 223 REM.” Several other items were found at the scene, including a pair of glasses, AM/FM radio headset and pieces of mail. Several witness also identified the Impala seen leaving the scene of the shooting.

“As one can see from the Probable Cause Affidavit, Wilcoxson is an angry individual who was looking to do harm to innocent people. I am relieved to know that he is now in police custody. My office will now get to work to see that justice is served and that he is successfully prosecuted and convicted for this horrible crime that he is alleged to have committed” said Prosecuting Attorney Todd J. Meyer.

Meyer said this arrest would not have been possible without the help of multiple police departments and DNA analysis.

If convicted of Clements’ murder Wilcoxson faces up to 65 years in prison.

IMPD HQ shootings

Police also believe Wilcoxson is connected to the Oct. 4 and Oct. 13 shootings at IMPD headquarters. They say DNA and shell casings from the shooting scenes linked Wilcoxson to the crimes.

According to court documents, officers discovered threatening notes at the scene of the Oct. 4 shooting. One note read “white must die.” The prosecutor’s office also said Wilcoxson made a number of social media posts in October as “Frank Lucas” using the same rhetoric found in the notes.

IMPD’s Headquarters was shot at 30 times in the overnight hours. Police found shell casings stamped with “FC 223 REM.”

At the scene of the Oct. 13 shooting, police discovered a number of casings that appeared to have been fired from the same firearm with the same “FC 223 REM.” stamping. More notes were also discovered. Court records state that IMPD said the writing from both sets of notes was from the same individual. ISP lab testing confirmed the casings matched all three of the scenes.

DNA found on one of the shell casings was tested and matched Wilcoxson. Police also learned Wilcoxson was previously arrested in Ohio for robbery.

The fall shootings are not the only charges Wilcoxson faces. Documents show he faces two felonies for attacking a woman this summer by threatening to kill her with a gun.