Burglary suspect shot by police identified as Lenon Henry, 52, of Indianapolis
Police: Man was holding coat over body
Last Updated: 161 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Police have released the identity of a burglary suspect who was fatally shot by officers on the city's northeast side Monday evening.
Lenon Henry, 52, of Indianapolis, was killed after officers were called to a home in the 3800 block of North Arlington Avenue.
"I heard the officer say, 'Is anyone in here? Come out.' He said it a number of times," said homeowner Alma Styles. "Then he came out and told us that he couldn't secure this house by himself, so he called for backup."
Once another officer arrived, police searched the main floor of the home and then headed to the basement.
"In the basement, officers encountered a black male who was holding what was later determined to be a large coat over the top half of his body," Indianapolis police Sgt. Linda Jackson said. "Officers provided clear verbal commands directing the suspect to show his hands."
Police said Henry did not comply and that when officers tried to move the coat, he made a sudden movement, reaching toward the waistband of his pants.
"Fearing for their safety, one of the officers fired his weapon at the suspect," Jackson said. "The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene."
Detectives did not find a weapon on Henry. He was carrying a bag of items belonging to Styles late husband.
She said it's the third time her home has been broken into in 35 years.
"It's kind of an eerie feeling to feel that someone has invaded your privacy, because it happened once before," Styles said. "The first time, I came home from work and I found the door was open. We didn't have deadbolts on then."
The officers involved in the shooting were identified as Christopher Wilburn and Erik Keyes.
The officers were not injured, but each was placed on paid administrative leave, as is normal for an officer-involved shooting.
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