Juvenile, 18-year-old arrested in deadly shooting of IU medical school doctor

Kevin Rodgers (Provided Photo/IU School of Medicine)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An 18-year-old man and a juvenile male have been arrested in the shooting of Dr. Kevin Rodgers on Nov. 20.

Ka’ron Bickham-Hurst and an unnamed juvenile were preliminarily charged with murder and burglary, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said in a Thursday tweet. Bickham-Hurst was listed as an inmate at the Marion County Jail.

Rodgers was shot and killed in Nov. 20 in his Ballinshire South home in the Ballinshire Estates neighborhood near the east shore of Eagle Creek Reservoir. IMPD officers say he was discovered by his wife.

In the days and weeks following the murder, friends and associates of Dr. Rodgers’ held memorials in his honor at Cathedral High School and Marian University. Neighbors in the Ballinshire Estates told 24 Hour News Eight in that same time period, they’ve become more wary of those around them.

“It’s certainly made us maybe be a little more suspicious. A little more concerned about who you’re meeting, who you’re talking to,” said Robert Norris, a 17-year resident of the neighborhood. “I’ve considered putting, and I’m going to, put in a video security system. I have a security system but I don’t have the video.”

News of the IMPD’s arrests put neighbors like Norris more at ease, but doesn’t take away the sting of losing a community member so violently.

IMPD officers haven’t released further details on the circumstances surrounding Dr. Rodgers’ death, other than that the two men are preliminary facing both murder and burglary charges. The county prosecutor is expected to formalize those charges within the next week and the probable cause arrest affidavit could answer more questions.

Norris says just knowing the preliminary charges, he can draw one conclusion.

“What kind of values do they have that they’re going to take somebody’s life over something like that?” he said. “I’m just glad they caught them.”

Rodgers, 61, served more than 25 years at Indiana University School of Medicine and was its program director emeritus prior to his death. He also was involved with the emergency training program for more than 25 years, was a lacrosse coach at Cathedral High School, and the father of four.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information was asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana.