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Man charged with attempted murder after firing at officers during February traffic stop

Man charged with attempted murder after firing at officers during February traffic stop


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A 22-year-old man previously charged with murder is now facing attempted murder charges after Indianapolis police say he fired at officers shortly before officers shot him during a traffic stop in February.

Prosecutors charged Tavon Macklin, of Indianapolis, with attempted murder and eight counts of criminal recklessness late last month stemming from the Feb. 23 exchange of gunfire with police. Macklin at the time reportedly fired a handgun at officers attempting to pull him over for violating a community corrections sentence for robbery. He was also wanted for questioning in a homicide investigation.

Three days after his arrest, Macklin was charged with murder, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, armed robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon in the Jan. 17 shooting death of 29-year-old Justin White on the south-east side of Indianapolis. 

John Ziegler, 21, was also charged in the killing. 

The February shootout with police occurred when detectives tracking Macklin saw him get into the passenger seat of a car on the north-east side of the city. After attempting to pull the car over in the 3100 block of Forest Manor Avenue, the car sped away before Macklin eventually got out “with a pistol in his right hand,” investigators said in a probable cause affidavit. 

Macklin fired two shots that hit the engine block and hood of an occupied police car approximately 15 feet away from him, investigators said. He then fired a third shot toward three other officer that missed and hit the gas meter of a nearby home. 

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Officers returned fire, striking Macklin, according to the affidavit. But Macklin while on the ground “fired a fourth shot to the north toward officers” and “continued to manipulate the pistol and refused to obey commands from the officers to drop the weapon.” 

An officer had to “physically remove the Taurus 9mm pistol from Tavon Macklin’s grip,” the affidavit says, and he was given medical treatment and taken to the hospital. The chamber and magazine of the gun were empty when officers recovered the weapon, according to police.

Macklin’s attorney did not immediately respond to IndyStar’s request for comment Thursday.

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IndyStar at the time requested body camera footage of the shooting. That request remained unfulfilled Thursday.

Macklin has also been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon in the incident, records show. 

Police in the affidavit said surveillance footage from a nearby church captured the shooting, and a woman who witnessed the incident from her home said she saw the man identified as Macklin shoot at police before he was shot. 

“She indicated it happened so fast, she could not process it fast enough,” the affidavit says, noting the woman did not see Macklin’s gun but “heard the gun fire.”

A hearing in Macklin’s murder trial is scheduled for May 26. A pretrial conference in the Feb. 23 incident is set for July 14.

Contact Lawrence Andrea at 317-775-4313 or Follow him on Twitter @lawrencegandrea.

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Published at Thu, 06 May 2021 17:45:11 +0000

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