Zionsville Police Department releases statement from family of ‘random’ murder victim


By Ann Marie Shambaugh

When John Clements decided to check his mail on the afternoon of Sept. 28, he had no idea it would be the last thing he ever did.

The 82-year-old Zionsville man known as “Jac” was allegedly shot in his driveway by a suspect police identified as Damoine Wilcoxson, who was arrested in Indianapolis on Oct. 31.

On Nov. 1, the family of Clements issued a statement through the Zionsville Police Dept.

“We are relieved that the Boone County prosecutor has been able to file charges in the murder of our father,” it states. “We are very thankful to the Zionsville Police Dept., the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept., the Indiana State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation and others involved in the investigation. Their diligent work brought this to a quick resolution so that others would not be harmed. We are also very thankful to our friends and neighbors in Zionsville who were able to provide information to the police related to the investigation.”

According to a probable cause affidavit, neighbors rushed to the aid of Clements after the shooting and provided a description of the vehicle and suspect to police that helped lead to his arrest.

At a press conference on Nov. 1, Zionsville Police Dept. Chief Robert Knox said that he could not speculate on Wilcoxson’s motive in targeting Clements.

“I do not know why Mr. Clements would have been targeted,” he said. “It does seem extremely random.”

He also said that the DNA evidence was key in the investigation, and if his DNA hadn’t been collected upon Wilcoxson’s arrest for robbery in Ohio the case may not have been solved at this point. In Indiana, DNA is only collected upon conviction. Knox and other officials involved with the investigation would like to see that changed.

Wilcoxson has been charged with murder. He is also suspected of two shootings at IMPD district headquarters in October that did not lead to any injuries.

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