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Father Finds Son Dead After Home Invasion

Indianapolis, Indiana – A father returned to his home late Monday night to find his son dead near the body of another man.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), officers were dispatched to the residence at around 11:00 p.m. Monday night. When they arrived, they were told by the father he had returned home to find the front door open.

When he went inside, the homeowner found the body of his son, 31-year-old Robert Banks III, near the body of 22-year-old Dante Townsend.

IMPD Captain Dulin Nelson said both men were attended to by medics at the scene but were already dead, each from at least one gunshot wound.

Captain Nelson went on to say that investigators believe Townsend and an accomplice were attempting to rob the home and had forced their way in while armed.

Detectives are still processing the scene and say they have yet to determine if Townsend and Banks killed each other, or if Banks killed Townsend and then was killed by the unknown accomplice.

The Captain went on to say the police are,

“Trying to locate witnesses and see if anyone has any information that can assist with this investigation.”

A man living in the neighborhood where the shooting occurred told Fox 59 he wasn’t familiar with victims but remembers a loud disturbance at the home a few nights ago.

“They was arguing pretty, like to the extent where they could have shot and killed then,” Jeffery Keys said.  “And I could have been killed too because I was standing out here.  The bullets don’t care where they go.”

Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call IMPD or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

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