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Bloomington Shooting Suspect Arrested

Last updated on Sunday, August 5, 2012

(BLOOMINGTON) - Police have arrested a suspect in the fatal drive-by shooting of a Bloomington man.

Twenty-seven-year Phillip Phillips was being held without bond Saturday in the Monroe County Jail on preliminary charges including murder, criminal recklessness and illegal possession of a handgun.

Detective Sgt. Brad Seifers told the Herald-Times that Phillips turned himself in to sheriff's officers Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest in the July 25 killing of 28-year-old Bloomington resident Ulysses Goethe.

Seifers says police can't discuss details because the probable cause affidavit remains sealed.

Witnesses told investigators they watched the car carrying the gunman drive past slowly several times before hearing shots. The shooting occurred about a block away from a line of people waiting overnight to apply for Section 8 housing.

Goethe, 28, was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head in an incident reported at 2:19 a.m. July 25. The shooting occurred in the Crestmont public housing development, about a block away from a line of people waiting to apply for Section 8 housing from the Bloomington Housing Authority later that morning.

Goethe died at the shooting scene in the 1000 block of North Illinois Street.

Goethe's mother and stepfather said the two had been arguing over a woman, and that they had previously been involved in two fistfights over the matter.

Police had previously announced they were seeking Phillips, who had reportedly threatened to kill Goethe the next time he saw him.

Phillips has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 2006, including two convictions for misdemeanor battery.

He also is facing recent pending charges of residential entry, criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated and operating a vehicle after a lifetime forfeiture of driving privileges. A hearing on those charges had been scheduled for Wednesday in Monroe Circuit Court, but Phillips did not appear.

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