INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers are investigating the shooting death of a man who entered his neighbors home naked on the city’s southeast side Tuesday. Police say the homeowner shot him.
The shooting happened around 6 a.m. in the 700 block of South Bosart Avenue.
Police have identified the man as 53-year-old James Neal. His friends called him “Wolfman.”
“My heart hurts for everyone that I know for myself, for my family, for his family,” said April Brunson, who’s known Neal for 11 years. “My heart hurts for the people across the street.
“Knowing that I’m not going to see this man’s flag’s driving down the street ever again. It hurts. It hurts,” said Amber Thompson, speaking of two flags that hang from Neal’s truck.
At 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, police say Neal walked across the street from his home and entered his neighbor’s house. Police say he was naked at the time, but was unarmed. They haven’t said why he was there.
“I’m not faulting anyone or anything like that, but I know that it’s definitely a tragedy,” said Thomas Jones, who was at Neal’s house later in the day. “Wolf wasn’t no robber.”
When Neal was shot, police said a father, mother and their 11 year old daughter were home.
Police said the husband confronted him with a gun. After a struggle, the wife then also got a gun. They both fired, killing Neal.
Neighbors said he was well known, and well liked.
“Its not, ‘Oh that was my neighbor and I knew of him.’ I knew him. I spent a lot of time with him,” said Brunson.
“He’s fixed pretty much everybody’s house, car, dog cage, plumbing, roof,” said Jones.
When asked why someone would be scared of someone who was so nice and who everyone knew, Jones said, “At five, six in the morning somebody is turning your door knob, what would you do?”
Friends said Neal likely had a medical condition.
“He’s been going through a lot of medical problems, and I believe he had a seizure this morning and probably was disoriented from that and just trying to, I don’t know,” said Jones.
Police said the family that was inside the home was fully cooperating.