The City of Madison Police Department would like to recognize those officers and other criminal justice personnel involved in the homicide investigation involving the shooting of Brennan Stewart.
Madison Police Officers Lieutenant Bruce Heaton, Sergeant Season Jackson, Senior Patrolman Jeremy Cox, and Patrolman Shawn Scudder all responded very quickly to the scene at the foot of Broadway Street by the Crystal Beach swimming pool. They did an outstanding job of securing the scene, noting evidence, gathering information from witnesses, taking initial photographs, and relaying information to other officers in the area. This was crucial to the outcome of this investigation.
Detective Lieutenant Jonathon Simpson and Patrolman Kyle Cutsahw were working on another investigation on the east end of the downtown area. They were very observant in locating a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle reported to have left the homicide scene. They were able to execute a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle in Milton, Kentucky.
Detective Lieutenant Ty Eblen was called to the scene. He was instrumental in gathering additional information and transporting witnesses to the traffic stop to identify the shooter.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department sent officers to the scene to help manage the large number of witnesses. The scene was understandably very chaotic and too large for the initial MPD responding officers. The efforts did not go unnoticed.
The Indiana State Police sent several detectives and crime scene technicians. There were a large number of witnesses to interview. The ISP detectives worked well into the night on April 17, 2015, to gather information while it was still fresh in their minds. The crime scene technicians documented the scene with photographs; located, documented and collected evidence at the scene; and processed the suspect vehicle.
Central Dispatchers, Tim Emington, Mike Johnston, and Donna Brooks did a tremendous job of managing the communications and coordinating and directing the resources of all of the agencies involved. Without their diligence, this investigation could have easily gotten away from the officers.
The City of Madison Police Department would also like to recognize the efforts of the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office. Led by Chad Lewis and D.J. Mote, this investigation was handled professionally and thoroughly.
If any of these professionals had not carried out their duties to the best of their abilities, it is a good chance the outcome of this case would not have been what it was. Job well done!