INDIANAPOLIS - Authorities have released an Indianapolis man who they say fatally shot another man in an apparent dispute over a dog.
Indianapolis police said Friday that 26-year-old Albert Rogers was released because he had a valid gun permit and both men were brandishing weapons. Police say the case will be turned over to prosecutors for review.
Rogers had been taken into custody soon after the Thursday night shooting death of 31-year-old Joshua Tucker at a home in the 1300 block of South Edgecombe Avenue on the city's south side.
Police said they found Tucker, a father and soon-to-be husband, lying dead in a driveway when they arrived to the scene.
Friends told police that Tucker, a union sheet-metal worker, was out of town on business last week when his dog ran out of the yard and toward another dog that belonged to Rogers.
Witnesses said that Rogers fired warning shots at the animal on Thursday night, so Tucker went to Rogers’ home to ask for an apology.
"The guy pretty much said you're not getting an apology, comes back down here 10 minutes later and kills him," the victim’s friend Cody Coleman said.
Detectives said Tucker was shot multiple times. Police said Rogers went to a nearby grocery store and called police claiming that he shot Tucker in self-defense.
"We did recover a gun on the victim, but at the time of the investigation, the weapon from the victim was still in the holster," IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams said.
Neighbors questioned the motive behind the shooting, maintaining that Tucker’s dog isn’t aggressive and never harmed Rogers or his dog.
"It never bothered anyone. They walk down the street -- that dog can be right there and it won't come out of the yard," neighbor Olga Duncan said.
Police say some nearby houses were hit during the gunfire, but no one else was injured.
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