Police: Drug deal, robbery led to fatal shooting at west side hotel

Victim identified as 29-year-old Terre Haute man

INDIANAPOLIS - A drug deal gone wrong; a fatal shooting; an hours-long standoff with SWAT officers – that's the timeline Indianapolis police have built in the death of a man at a west side hotel Saturday.

Just after 3 p.m., IMPD dispatch was alerted to gunshots fired at the Regal 8 Inn on West Washington Street near the Indianapolis International Airport.

Officers arrived to find Dustin M. Woods, 29, of Terre Haute, with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Woods was transported in critical condition to Eskenazi Hospital. On Sunday, IMPD confirmed that he had died as a result of his injuries.

Investigators say they believe Woods had arranged a meeting at the hotel to buy and sell narcotics from two suspects, Eric Johnson and Alejandro Mauricio. Police say during the deal, Woods and another person inside the hotel room were robbed.

When Woods confronted Johnson and Mauricio outside the room, according to police, he was shot – one of the bullets striking him in the head. One of the suspects then fled in Woods' car, while the second fled in a black Chevrolet Impala.

Investigators said they discovered a large amount of narcotics at the scene. Johnson was also quickly apprehended without incident nearby.

Police then tracked the second suspect, Mauricio, to a residence on the 1500 block of North Temple Avenue on the east side. There, according to police, Mauricio barricaded himself inside the residence and refused to cooperate with police negotiators.

After several hours of failed negotiators, SWAT operators entered the home and took Mauricio into custody.

IMPD Chief Rick Hite said the arrests come as part of new initiatives by IMPD to "maximize the resources we are given."

"As discussed last week we will move efficiently and effectively to identify persons involved in violent crime and bring them to justice," Hite said.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call IMPD homicide detectives at 317-327-3475.

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