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Police arrest suspect in connection to Evansville deadly shooting

Coroner identifies victim in shooting death
Police arrest suspect in connection to Evansville deadly shooting
Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 4:24 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 30, 2021 at 10:10 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Police Department responded to shots fired on Third Avenue and Oregon Street on Tuesday.

Police say it happened around 3:45 p.m.

Officers say upon arriving, they found an unresponsive man with gunshot wounds lying in the roadway near a car.

EPD says they began to help the victim until medical arrived on scene. The victim was then taken to a local hospital.

According to a press release, numerous witnesses were in the area when the shooting happened.

While detectives were getting statements from witnesses, SWAT teams and patrol units set up a perimeter around the area.

Detectives say they were given information about a potential suspect in the 900 block of Oregon Street.

According to a release, the victim later died at the hospital from his injuries.

On Wednesday, the Vanderburgh County Coroner identified the victim as 43-year-old Carlis Falls of Evansville.

The coroner says Falls died at the hospital at 4:12 p.m. Tuesday.

According to police, this is the 15th homicide of the year in Evansville.

”It does seem like there’s a lot going on in Evansville right now - it’s a nationwide trend,” EPD Officer Taylor Merriss said. “That’s not to say it’s okay in Evansville by any means. Being a police officer and a citizen of the community, it is scary to see on the news, and I will admit that from both standpoints. But it is a national trend that is occurring right now, unfortunately.”

On Thursday, EPD officials said 30-year-old Fabian L. Bennett was taken into custody in connection to the deadly shooting.

Police say they caught him with help from EPD’s Viper Unit and U.S. Marshals.

Bennett is facing a murder charge, and he’s being held on no bond.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Fabian L. Bennett
Fabian L. Bennett(Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office)

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