According to police and a report, an Indianapolis man gunned down a Lyft driver before stealing his car to drive to a family reunion in north Indiana.
Devin Powell, 24, was arrested and charged with the murder of the rideshare driver after Powell allegedly shot and killed the man, Indianapolis Metro Police said in a statement Friday.
The victim, identified by Fox 59 as 34-year-old Anthony Garland, was found with a gunshot wound to the head and other gunshot wounds to his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Powell admitted to investigators that he shot Garland after he used his Lyft account to call for the ride in the white 2013 GMC Acadia, Fox 59 reported, citing court documents. He claimed to police that he only shot the driver because Garland was trying to “prank him and take his money,” records say.
Documents also say Powell claimed Garland turned and tried to snatch money from his hand and called in self-defense several times, Fox 59 reported.
He confessed to dumping Garland’s body on the side of the road, police reportedly documented.
After stealing the Acadia, he told police he bought new seat covers, vacuumed up shell casings, changed his clothes and then drove the stolen car to a family reunion, according to Fox 59.
Powell initially said he saw the car door open with the engine running as he was leaving and decided to drive away with it, only to later discover a man was found dead near the Acadia before admitting to the shooting, Fox reported 59
Detectives knew he booked the ride from Garland, Fox 59 reported.
Garland was found by the side of the road and later identified through a missing persons investigation also ongoing, police said. His wife reported him missing the night before he was found on Thursday morning, Fox 59 reported.
The victim’s vehicle was discovered later in the day in Merrillville, Indiana, with Powell in the possession of authorities.
The ride-sharing company was instrumental in the murder investigation, police said.
Powell was provisionally charged with murder and robbery, police said.
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