Greenwood Teenager Admits To Shooting, Killing Another Teen During Fight
Pictured Above: Isaac Stinemetz. Photo provided by the Greenwood Police Department.
GREENWOOD, Ind. – A 16-year-old Greenwood boy is dead after police say he was shot during a fight early Sunday morning.
Investigators say the teen was found around 1:30 a.m. in the back seat of a Chevy Malibu in the 2000 block of Jaden Lane in the Pebble Creek subdivision not far from U.S. 31 and Stop 18 in Greenwood. Officers believe the boy died after being shot once in the head.
Johnson County Coroner Craig Lutz confirmed to 93 WIBC that the victim was Zachary Edwards of Greenwood.
As detectives were at the scene investigating, two Greenwood teens aged 15 and 16 went to the Greenwood Police Department with the parents and told officers they witnessed the shooting. They identified Isaac Stinemetz, 18, of Greenwood as the shooter. According to the witnesses, Stinemetz and Edwards were arguing when Stinemetz pulled out a handgun and shot the victim once.
Greenwood Police say they placed Stinemetz into custody and admitted to shooting the victim. Investigators say Stinemetz pointed the gun and pulled the trigger but did not think the pistol was loaded. Stinemetz told officers that after he shot Edwards, he and the other two teenagers got scared and ran away. Stinemetz admitted to dropping the gun down a nearby storm drain to get rid of it, but the gun was later recovered by police.
"[There are] a lot of lives ruined in this. I'm not just talking [about] the victim who lost his life at 16 years of age. Two parents are grieving uncontrollably because they lost their son. Look at all the lives around this that are permanently changed because of one foolish act," says Greenwood Assistant Police Chief Matthew Fillenwarth, who met with the parents of Zachary Edwards after the boy was found dead.
Stinemetz is currently being held without bond on the preliminary charge of Reckless Homicide, a level 5 felony.
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