Affidavit: murder suspect arrested after early Sat. shooting

Affidavit: murder suspect arrested after early Sat. shooting

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Police have arrested a suspect in the death of a man who was shot in the early morning hours of Saturday.

The news release from Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear says Antonio Bushrod Jr., was taken to St. Vincent Hospital after he was shot on S. Morton Avenue around 1:45 a.m. A little more than an hour later, Bushrod died, the coroner says.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Tanika Stewart, 36-years-old, of Evansville, was arrested for murder after telling an officer at the scene she shot Bushrod. The affidavit says Stewart handed the officer the gun when they started talking.

Stewart was arrested for the murder of Antonio Bushrod Jr., according to the affidavit.
Stewart was arrested for the murder of Antonio Bushrod Jr., according to the affidavit. (Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office)

Less than five minutes after they arrived at the S. Morton Avenue scene “the shooter” was in custody they reported.

Before Stewart was taken to police headquarters, the affidavit says she complained the handcuffs were too tight. To check the handcuffs the officer had to let Stewart out of the car, per the affidavit.

Once Stewart stepped out, the affidavit says she yelled at someone to “Call my momma,” followed by “[Expletive], this [expletive] tried to punch me in my [expletive] face."

A person that lives at the home told officers they had people over for a party before going to Pistons Bar around 12 a.m., but everyone didn’t leave.

According to the affidavit, two people, who were at the party, told officers some of the guests were told to leave before the shooting. Those witnesses said Bushrod was amongst the people asked to leave.

Those two people explained to the officers the group that was asked to leave gathered outside of the home. After hearing the gunshot, the two people told police they walked outside and found Bushrod on the front porch, the affidavit says.

Bushrod’s autopsy is set for 9 a.m. Saturday.

We will update this story with more information when it is made available.

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