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Ind. police fatally shoot man carrying machete

By Kevin O'Neal
The Indianapolis Star
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MARION CO., Ind. — A man wielding a machete was shot to death by police early Saturday on the Near Southside, the last of three men killed by gunfire in separate overnight incidents, investigators said.

The police shooting came less than five minutes after two 911 calls sent officers to a residence in the 2200 block of South Pennsylvania Street, according to a police report. The calls seeking help also warned of danger to responding police, the report said.

"This man had already communicated his intent to do harm to the police," said Paul Thompson, metropolitan police spokesman, of Dwayne Vonessen, 22, whom police identified as the man shot to death by the officer.

Police identified the officer as Patrol Officer Shay Foley. He was expected to be placed on administrative duty during the investigation into the shooting, under metro police policy for police-action shootings.

Six days earlier, officers had been called to the same address on Pennsylvania Street where Vonessen lived, police said. He was fighting his brother, Darrin Vonessen, 24, police added.

Trouble broke out again long before dawn Saturday when, according to police, Dwayne Vonessen fought his girlfriend Linda Brown, 27, and his father, Phillip Vonessen, 44.

Police said they responded to 911 calls. The first call came at 3:10 a.m. Saturday from Darrin Vonessen, who warned that Dwayne Vonessen "will kill police if they come," according to police dispatcher records. The second call came from a woman at 3:11 a.m., who warned that "if any cop comes here, they are dead," the records show.

By 3:13 a.m., three officers were on the scene, and police said two of those officers went inside the house while a third stayed on the front porch. The machete-armed Dwayne Vonessen was on stairs leading to the residence's second floor when he confronted the officers below and one of the officers shot him, Thompson said.

Police said the fatal shot was fired at 3:15 a.m. The distance between Vonessen and the officers was within the 21 feet that police are taught is the range in which a person with an edged weapon could be lethal, Thompson said.

The first of the three shooting deaths was reported just before 10 p.m. Friday on the Westside.

Police said they found two victims, one shot and the other pistol-whipped, in the middle of West 16th Street in front of a restaurant in the 3300 block. Officers determined that the incident began a few blocks to the east, at a convenience store in the 3000 block of West 16th.

The two men had stopped at the convenience store for cigarettes and were attacked by two armed men trying to rob them, police said.

Jason A. Noyd, 28, 900 block of North Bradley Avenue, was declared dead at Wishard Memorial Hospital, police said. The man pistol-whipped was not hurt seriously, they said.

The second shooting in the just- over-five-hour period was reported at 12:19 a.m. Saturday on the Near Northside. Officers found Angelo J. Adamson, 24, in front of his residence with two gunshot wounds.

Adamson was declared dead at Wishard Memorial Hospital a short time later. Police said they think robbery was a motive that led to Adamson being shot on his front porch in the 3700 block of Kinnear Avenue.

The three shooting deaths increased the 2007 homicide total to 74 in Marion County, compared with the county's 102 homicides at the same time last year. 
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