INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a shooting suspect.
IMPD’s forensic sketch artist released an image of a suspect in a 2016 shooting.
Police said officers responded to a burglary-in-progress in the 5800 block of Somers Drive on the evening of Aug. 14, 2016. Officers found a 30-year-old man who had been shot in the leg, which had to be amputated.
Miles Vanjelgerheys has been through a lot over the past seven months: a violent home invasion, hospitalization and intensive physical therapy. It’s taken a toll on the Vanjelgerheys family. Miles says it’s now time for the suspect to pay.
Miles didn’t just lose a leg in the incident — he and his family lost their sense of security.
“They’re scared to death to walk down the hallway if the hall light isn’t on … their bedroom light’s not on. It weighs on our family a lot,” he said.
Last summer, police say an intruder broke into their home. Miles went to fight him off, while his wife and three children hid under a bed. His wife called 911.
“He had a gun right here. I pushed the gun away, blew my leg off,” he said.
Before taking off, Miles got a good look at his attacker. Together with police, they came up with a composite sketch. Miles calls it 100 percent accurate: “See the thing for me is the eyes. I mean, just coming face-to-face with him, he’s just wide-eyed. It’s a face you won’t ever forget.”
Police describe the suspect as a black man, around 30 years old, approximately 6 feet, 3 inches and 225 pounds, with a dark complexion and short Afro, wearing a dark T-shirt and blue jeans.
Police said the suspect and two other men were seen casing the subdivision a few days earlier. They were seen in a 1990s Infiniti four-door vehicle.
If you recognize the suspect, you can make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).