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Fatal shooting of robbery suspect was self-defense

Fatal shooting of robbery suspect was self-defense

Indianapolis police said today that the fatal shooting of a 38-year-old robbery suspect appeared to be self-defense.
Christopher Hampton, Indianapolis, was shot and killed Sunday at 6 p.m. in an apartment on the 1500 block of North Pennsylvania Avenue.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Matthew Mount said Brian Blevins, 24, Indianapolis, told investigators Hampton tried to rob him, his girlfriend and friend.

Blevins said he was helping his friend move into the apartment when Hampton approached and asked for change for $5.

Someone said there was change in the 3rd floor apartment and Hampton followed the group inside. Once there, he pulled a gun and directed everyone into a back room, police said. While being ushered to the back at gunpoint, Blevins pulled out his gun, turned and fired at Hampton, striking him at least four times.

Hampton was wearing an ankle bracelet brace for an unrelated invasion of privacy and violation of a protective order arrest on April 5.

Blevins, who had a permit to carry a handgun, and the two witnesses were questioned by detectives and released. Detectives said the shooting appeared to be self-defense but the evidence will be reviewed by the Marion County prosecutor’s office.


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