Suspect in Slaying of Indianapolis Pastor's Wife Was Seen on Video: Cops

by Erik Ortiz /  / Updated 

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Security footage shows a man suspected in the slaying of an Indianapolis pastor’s pregnant wife during a home burglary, police announced Friday, cautioning that they were still working to identify him.

"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."

Police said the video of the suspect was taken from a nearby home on Tuesday morning, when Amanda Blackburn, 28, was shot in the head during a break-in. She died at the hospital on Thursday.

Image: Davey and Amanda Blackburn
Davey and Amanda Blackburn.Davey Blackburn / Resonate Church

An image of the suspect was not immediately released, but police described him as a black male, 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-9, with medium to light brown complexion and a slim to medium build. He was wearing light pants and a two-toned hoodie with a suede bottom and lighter-colored hood obscuring his face.

The perpetrator likely watched the home and saw Amanda Blackburn's husband, Davey, leave around 6:10 a.m., police said. Pastor Davey Blackburn went to the gym that morning, according to a statement from his church.

Witnesses told police they heard gunshots at around 6:45 a.m., and later saw a dark SUV speeding away from the scene.

It's not clear whether the SUV is connected to the incident, but police said they believe the suspect also burglarized another nearby home. They added that there may be more than one person involved.

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No signs of a forced entry were detected, authorities added. The couple's 1-year-old was home in his crib at the time of the break-in, but was found unharmed, police said.

"We believe that the people saw this as a home where they could get in and take some things. It just so happens that Amanda was home ... and she was murdered," said Indianapolis police Capt. Craig Converse.

Davey Blackburn said he came home to find his wife shot. He has been ruled out as a person of interest in the case, police told NBC News.

Indianapolis police Maj. Eric Hench called Amanda Blackburn's killing a "heinous crime" — and vowed to catch the gunman. A $1,000 reward is being offered for any tips that lead to an arrest.

"We’ll never be able to repair the damage that’s been done to the Blackburn family," Hench said, "but one thing we can tell you is we will bring justice."

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