INDIANAPOLIS - The man who was sentenced for shooting nine people during the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration in 2010 is on the wrong side of the law again, Indianapolis Metro Police confirmed Thursday.
Shamus Patton, 20, was found inside a vehicle after a police chase late Wednesday. Two other people with guns were also inside the car, IMPD Sgt. Linda Jackson confirmed.
Formal charges have not been filed, but Patton is preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement.
"We obviously recovered two guns. Nobody in the car had gun permits. In addition to that (was) live ammunition. He should not have been fleeing. He should not have been in that vehicle with those weapons. We're very concerned about this and we're moving forward to make sure that we can get all of the facts," said IMPD spokesman Chris Wilburn.
Patton was out on a job search pass on Thursday. He was supposed to go to three different locations and return at 4 p.m.
"While it's disappointing, it's not surprising to me that he was not able to do this as he was instructed. Often times, impulse control is bad, poor decision making, peer affiliation is bad and those are all the things that we try to work with individuals on, as we help them with re-entry," said Director of Community Engagement Mary Leffler.
Patton had served the prison portion of his sentence, but couldn't stay out of trouble.
"Individuals who committed heinous crimes who attempt to take lives, you have to treat them differently. I'm supportive of restorative justice. I believe in redemption. You have to have a service plan for a young man like this. He can't be arbitrarily released without any understanding about the nature of the crimes committed," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.
Patton was 17 when he was arrested in July 2010 on 14 adult charges connected to the shootings of nine people, all between the ages of 10 and 19. He pleaded guilty to two counts of battery, criminal recklessness, criminal gang activity and carrying a handgun without a license.
As part of a plea deal, the state agreed to drop a sentencing enhancement on the criminal gang activity charge.
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