McHale Rose, 19

Indianapolis, Indiana
May 07, 2020

Agencies: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Indiana

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: about 3 years ago


McHale Rose, 19, who was killed after exchanging gunfire with officers who were responding to a burglary call on the city's north side early Thursday morning may have been planning a police ambush, according to IMPD Chief Randal Taylor.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were called to a burglary in progress at a home near 2200 Woodglen Drive around 1:30 a.m.

As officers were approaching the apartment, a male suspect immediately began shooting at officers with a rifle, according to IMPD.

All four of the officers returned fire, striking the suspect. The man, later identified as McHale Rose, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene.

No officer was injured during the shooting.

During a press conference Thursday morning, Chief Taylor said their preliminary investigation has determined that the burglary call came from the apartment and Rose's phone. "It appears that it could have been an ambush situation on the officers," Taylor said during the press conference. "The man initiated the call... and may have intended to initiate an ambush-style attack on the officers when they arrived."

Taylor said investigators came to that conclusion based on evidence at the scene, including where and how the phone was located.

The shooting remains under investigation and all four officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol following any officer-involved shooting.

Just six hours earlier, 21-year-old Dreasjon Reed was shot and killed by IMPD on the city's northwest side, according to police.

On June 12, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department identified the officers involved in the May 7 fatal shooting death of McHale Rose. The four officers identified are David Loyal, Pepper Eldridge, Andrew Guzman and Joseph Maxey.

Legal Action

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday January 22, 2021 that it would not indict four IMPD officers involved in the shooting death of 19-year-old McHale Rose last May.

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