Two employees of the Brownsburg Cemetery were working when they were randomly approached by 22-year-old Joshua Christopher Hayes who was armed with a firearm.
Hayes chased down one of the employees, Seth Robertson, and killed him.
As Hayes fired at the second victim, one of his bullets hit a car driven by an armed good samaritan. The driver soon realized what was happening and fired at Hayes, killing him.
The good samaritan is currently unidentified but is being represented by Second Amendment lawyer Guy Relford.
Relford provided a statement explaining why his client is justified in shooting the suspect.
“One of those bullets actually went through my client’s vehicle window. He was actually injured with shrapnel, my client was…My client looked at that and realized there was one thing he could do and that was take action to save an innocent life. The scenario was fairly clear to him in that one person was chasing another and the other was saying, no no no, please don’t shoot me!.”
Brownsburg Police Capt. Jennifer Barrett told reporters that the good Samaritan actions saved potentially many lives:
“This tragic event could have been much more disastrous,” Brownsburg Police Capt. Jennifer Barrett told WISH. “Victim three not only saved victim two’s life, but he saved potentially the lives of many others. Victim three did exactly what anybody would have wanted him to do at that scene that day.”
Brownsburg police said that they will investigate the shooting but do not see any reason to charge the good samaritan.
One witness provided an account to FOX59 News:
“I heard pop pop pop pop pop like that, it was inconsistent. Then I heard a guy yelling, ‘No, no, no, no, no, no!’, so I ran over to the fence and I looked over the fence and I saw a guy with an orange-red shirt, shorts…walking straight down the center of 56th with a gun out, handgun out, and I saw a guy running away from him on Grant.”
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“I saw him shoot him several times and then I saw the guy drop to the ground, and then the guy in the orange-red shirt walked over to him and put about three more bullets into him.”
“On the way to the front door I looked out my front window and I saw the guy who fired the shots chasing another guy around the corner of that red brick condo there on the other side of Grant and lost sight of both of them at that point.”
“I saw another body on 56th right thereafter Grant in the middle of the road where the cop cars are, and didn’t see him go down but those were probably the first shots I heard.”