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Indianapolis FF killed in off-duty shooting

Engineer Justin Boyd was known for taking time to mentor new firefighters

By Mike Stunson
The Charlotte Observer

INDIANAPOLIS — A man was arrested following a shooting that left two people dead, including a firefighter, Indiana police say.

The two gunshot victims were discovered dead in a crashed pickup truck in Indianapolis at 5:50 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Police identified them as 45-year-old Justin Boyd and 42-year-old Jasmine Ivy-Dede.

Boyd was an engineer for the Indianapolis Fire Department, where he served since 2014. The department said the “well-loved” firefighter was married and had two adult children, ages 24 and 21.

“Throughout his career, Justin spent time mentoring new firefighters and many requested assignment at Station 6 because he took them under his wing and made them feel so welcome,” the fire department.

It’s unclear the relationship between Boyd and Ivy-Dede.

Police did not say what led to the shooting, but officers identified 52-year-old Jason Lapsley as the accused gunman.

Lapsley was arrested Monday night and charged with murder, police said.

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