Family and friends remember tow truck driver shot and killed

Stephen Deputy (Provided Photo/Amber Bunch)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Family and friends said an Indianapolis tow truck driver was doing his job when he was shot and killed on the city’s southeast side.

It happened Saturday night at Capital Place Apartments on Continental Court.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 47-year-old Stephen Deputy. Police said he was at the apartment complex working for Indiana’s Finest Towing when he was shot multiple times.

Family and friends are now mourning the death of Stephen Deputy. 24-Hour News 8 learned Deputy was engaged to be married and had a 1-year-old baby boy.

“My heart dropped. I mean, I just could not believe I lost a friend like that. It just tore me up inside,” said Chuck Robertson, a friend of the victim.

Robertson saw his friend about two weeks ago and described him as a hardworking man with a heart of gold.

“If somebody needed something, Steve would be there for him. He would give the shirt off his back for anybody,” he said.

The two talked about making plans to go hunting. Robertson said he couldn’t believe it was their last conversation.

“We sat down, had a few beers, and I had some jokes and some laughs and talked about deer hunting,” he said.

The shooting happened Saturday night just before 11 p.m.

Officers got a call for a person shot in the 4100 block of Continental Court near Independence Drive. Officers arrived to find Deputy next to his truck. They spent hours talking to witnesses and collecting evidence at the scene.

“It’s just an unbelievable incident, and it’s hard to believe someone would do something like that to Steve or any other tow truck driver,” he said.

Police are still trying to figure out a motive and what may have led to the shooting and have not released a description of the suspect.

“It’s unknown at this time whether this incident escalated from the job that he was on or if it was a totally separate incident that occurred while he was here doing his job,” Captian Harold Turner, IMPD said.

24-Hour News 8 learned a robbery happened in the same apartment complex on the same day. A man told police he pulled into his apartment complex around 2:48 a.m.

He got out of the car, and that’s when the suspect pointed his gun at him and demanded his wallet. The man said the suspect attacked him and took his wallet.

According to a police report, the 40-year-old victim had minor injuries. The suspect was described as a man wearing a thermal shirt.

At this time police are still investigating to see if the two crimes may be connected.

If you have any information that could help police solve this case, please call Crime Stoppers at 317-262- TIPS.