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Police officer arrested for security officer death

Indianapolis IND. Jan 7 2008
Indianapolis Metro Police Officer Shannon McComas was arrested Sunday night on a preliminary murder charge following a shooting that killed a security guard and injured four people outside an east-side Indianapolis pub on New Year's Day.

McComas, 32, was also preliminarily charged with assisting a criminal, 6News reported. He was being held without bond Monday morning.

IMPD said he resigned his position after he was told that he was suspended indefinitely without pay and that the police chief intended to recommend his firing.

The shooting happened in the early-morning hours at Durty Nelly's, a bar and pub. According to police, McComas handed a semiautomatic gun to Sunungura Rusununguko, 29, who was charged last week with murder in connection with the same incident. Police said the shooting happened about six minutes later.

"We don't have any information at this time of the officer making any kind of statement to the suspect when he handed the gun to him," said IMPD Sgt. Matt Mount. "There is video of what occurred in the club that night. Right now, what exactly is on that video, the detectives aren't releasing at this time, pending going to trial."

McComas was also the focus of an IMPD investigation over alleged involvement and/or ownership of the bar. His wife is the pub's manager, and his father-in-law is the owner, police said. 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 working at the bar on the night of the shooting and had called in sick that night on his shift, police said.

Ronnie Croom Jr., 30, died in the shooting, which happened after a disturbance involving as many as 30 people began at a party thrown by a promotion company shortly before 3:30 a.m.

Authorities said they believe security guards working on behalf of the promotion company began ushering people outside after the disturbance began. Croom, who was one of the promotion company's guards, and four other people were shot outside the pub, police said.

Witnesses told investigators they saw Rusununguko -- a security guard working on behalf of the pub, not the promotion company -- firing the shots that killed Croom, authorities said. McComas was previously suspended for 45 days for driving a department vehicle while intoxicated.


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