Police: Officer Gave Gun To Man Suspected Of Firing Shots
7:45 AM, Jan 7, 2008
An Indianapolis police officer was arrested Sunday night on a preliminary murder charge, accused of providing the gun that someone used to kill a security guard outside an east-side Indianapolis pub early New Year's Day.Shannon McComas, who also was held on a preliminary charge of assisting a criminal, resigned from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department after being told that he was suspended without pay and that the police chief intended to recommend his firing.Police said surveillance video shows McComas, 32, was inside Durty Nelly's Pub and Eatery as someone shot five people outside, killing Ronnie Croom Jr., a security guard for a promotion company throwing a party there.Sunungura Rusununguko, a security guard working for the pub and not for the promotion company, was arrested Friday on suspicion of firing the shots that killed Croom, 30.Police said they believe McComas supplied a gun to Rusununguko during a disturbance inside the pub. The shooting happened minutes later outside, where security guards had ushered people who were involved in the fight, police said."There was a fight going on in the bar, and ... at some point, McComas retrieved the handgun and in another location gave that handgun to the suspect," Indianapolis police Sgt. Matt Mount said. "It was another six minutes before that suspect then started firing shots, which ended in the death of the victim in this case."
McComas was working at the bar, which is owned by his father-in-law, despite having called in sick with the police department that night, police said.McComas and Rusununguko, 29, were being held without opportunity for bail Monday morning.Mount said McComas isn't accused of instructing anyone to fire a weapon."We're not saying that it is our belief that Mr. McComas wanted anyone shot," Mount said.Police haven't released the surveillance video to the news media."Right now, what exactly is on that video, the detectives aren't releasing at this time, pending going to trial," Mount said.IMPD had been investigating whether McComas has partial ownership in the pub, where his wife is the manager. State law prohibits law enforcement officers from holding a financial interest in an establishment that serves alcohol.McComas, who was with IMPD for six years, was placed on administrative duties during the ownership probe, which began last year. He was placed on administrative leave on Thursday after police learned he was at the bar.In 2004, McComas was suspended for 45 days for driving a department vehicle while intoxicated, police said.