EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Evansville police have arrested two juveniles in connection with a deadly shooting on Washington Avenue early Wednesday morning.
Investigators say 23-year-old Kevin J. Colon, of Evansville, was shot and killed during a robbery attempt in the parking lot of Sam's Food Mart around 4:30 a.m.
Police say 16-year-old Jahkei Mitchell has been waived to adult court and has been booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail. A judge found probable cause Thursday for his charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and murder during the commission of a felony.
A 15-year-old was also arrested and taken to the Youth Care Center. The 15-year-old is being charged with attempted robbery and murder during the commission of a felony. Police say he told them Colon tried to buy marijuana from him.
Officers went to a home in the 600 block of East Chandler around 10 a.m. Wednesday as part of their investigation into the deadly shooting. While investigating at the home on East Chandler, police say they heard what they thought were gunshots.
Negotiators and the SWAT team were then called in. The SWAT team began deploying chemical agents shortly before noon. EPD tweeted around 12:30 that the situation had ended.
Police said Mitchell was not found inside but was at another location.
A witness told police he saw Mitchell and the 15-year-old try to rob Colon before he heard shots. He said the 15-year-old had a gun. Officials tell us the situation started as a marijuana deal. The Prosecutor's Office says this case follows a rising trend.
"It seems like the people that are coming into our office are getting younger and younger, and that's scary," Jess Powers with the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office said. "That's scary for the community because that's certainly not what we want to see. We don't want to see teenagers coming through our criminal court system. We just don't want to see that."
Officials in the prosecutor's office tell us they have to treat these cases the same as they would an adult charged with murder.
Formal charges will be filed next week. In the meantime, Mitchell will stay in the Vanderburgh County jail without bond.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information should call EPD or WeTip.