Indianola death being investigated as a homicide


Indianola police are still gathering details, but apparently an attempted burglary has led to the death of yet another young Indianola resident. Travis Shaw, 28, was found deceased and lying in a ditch near the intersection of Wiggins Road and Garrard Avenue, which is only a few yards from the entrance of the Royal Oaks Apartment where Shaw lived.

The cause of his death is still under investigation. Preliminary examination did not reveal an immediate cause of death. According to Assistant Police Chief Earnest Gilson, there were no entry or exit wounds visible, so his body has been sent to the crime lab for autopsy.

Gilson said the police are looking for an unnamed person of interest, who is “not a suspect” at the present time. He added that a brick had been thrown through a back window in Shaw’s home, but no sign that the place had been ransacked.

He also noted that they found evidence of at least four shots being fired in the area of the apartment complex.

Sgt. Irish Johnson said officers had received a call-out between 12 midnight and 1 a.m., regarding shots fired in that area, but did not see anything suspicious when they arrived.

A passerby spotted Shaw’s body in the ditch around 6 a.m., and Johnson said that’s when he was notified and called in to help investigate.


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