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February's robbery and deadly accident case far from over

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There's new information on a robbery and deadly accident that happened last month in Vanderburgh County. It started as a home invasion on Big Cynthiana Road and ended in a crash that killed one of the suspects.

There are many layers to this investigation. Sources tell 14 News Wednesday, there's a possibility that evidence in this case could be heard by a grand jury once the official investigation wraps up.

14 News is told key evidence in this case could come from a 911 call placed early that Sunday morning. It's been sealed by the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office. That's because Sheriff Eric Williams says it contains significant information about what happened at the home of Ira Beumer.

In an interview with 14 News, Beumer says on February 19th, he was robbed at gunpoint by five men wearing ski masks. It ended when authorities say Beumer chased and crashed into the suspect's vehicle. That crash killed one of the suspects.

Sources say not long after, an off-duty sheriff's deputy arrived on scene. Sheriff Williams confirms that deputy, who he says was off-duty and in plain clothes, is a business partner with Beumer at Evansville's Icon Nightclub. Williams says that off-duty deputy was only there to check on his business partner and has had no part in the investigation. The sheriff says that business relationship has not compromised the investigation in any way, making it unnecessary for another agency to take over the investigation.

"It is very common for police agencies to investigate criminal matters involving their own police officers," said Indiana State Police Sergeant Todd Ringle.

Ringle says even though his agency has taken over investigations before, it's never automatic and only happens if a formal request is made.

"The only time that we will even investigate a police officer from a different agency is if the sheriff, or the police chief, or the prosecutor of that county requests that we conduct that investigation," said Ringle.

Williams has told 14 News, he's confident in his investigation. It's still unclear Wednesday, if Beumer will face any charges from that accident. 

14 News will keep you updated.

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