The pastor’s wife who was shot during a home invasion tried to protect her 1-year-old son before she was fatally shot in the head. Police report that they found evidence of a struggle between Amanda Blackburn and the suspect who shot her during the home invasion early Tuesday morning. Amanda was the wife of Indianapolis Pastor Davey Blackburn.
According to WSBTV Channel 2 News on November 13, Amanda, who was 12-weeks pregnant with her second baby, apparently got into a defensive mode while trying to protect her son, who was found upstairs in his crib unharmed. Davey Blackburn had left for the gym early Tuesday morning, at about 6:10 a.m. and at the same time it is believed that the same suspect was robbing a home two doors down.
Police believe that the suspect happened to catch Davey leaving and saw this as a chance to rob another home. City police Capt. Craig Converse described the suspect during a news conference.
While the suspect’s age isn’t known, Converse described the suspect as “a black male with a medium to light-brown complexion, slim to medium build and between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-9.” The man was wearing a hoodie and when his image was captured on surveillance cameras from around the area, he was seen deliberately trying to cover his face with the hoodie.
According to NBC News, “For those who killed Amanda, we are coming,” Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said during a news conference. “We are coming, and I hope it’s not long.” While surveillance cameras only picked up one suspect, there’s a good chance he was not working alone.
People in the Blackburn’s neighborhood spotted the conspicuous looking man and several neighbors called the police to report seeing him. This is a normally quiet neighborhood that happened to be experiencing a rash of home robberies lately and people were more vigilant than usual because of this, so seeing this stranger sent up a red flag.
Police also received reports of a dark SUV speeding through the neighborhood, which may belong to the suspect, who possibly had other suspects with him. The police report that because “sizable TVs” and a laptop were taken from the home burglarized before the Blackburn’s home this indicates they needed a vehicle to move the large stolen items. These weren’t items they could walk around the neighborhood with or they’d surly be spotted. They needed a vehicle to load the stolen goods into, police suggest.
Maj. Eric Hench said police planned to release an image of the suspect, but it is not known while this is taking so long. You would think that the sooner they release this picture someone would recognize the suspect, which would help bring him in sooner rather than later.
One can’t help wondering that with such a delay in releasing these photos of the suspect if they may be working on something else behind the scenes that they are keeping tight lipped about?