Bloomington police arrest murder suspect

BLOOMINGTON – The Bloomington Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred inside a residence in the 900 block of West Graham Drive on Tuesday, February 8th.

One victim died as a result of the shooting.

The investigation is ongoing, but police have arrested 56-year-old Gary W. O’Bryant, 56, of Bloomington, on a preliminary charge of murder.

According to Bloomington Police Captain Ryan Pedigo, on February 8, 2022, an individual who wished to remain anonymous contacted the Bloomington Police Department at approximately 1:15 a.m. and advised an officer via telephone that they believed that a shooting had occurred at a residence in the 900 block of West Graham Drive.

However, the caller could only provide vague information and refused to identify themselves or others believed to have been present when the shooting occurred, said Capt. Pedigo.

Officers checked the area and attempted to make contact at several residences in the neighborhood, but were unable to locate anything suspicious.

A few hours later, investigators were able to speak with two individuals that claimed to have knowledge of the shooting. After speaking with those individuals and learning more information investigators petitioned the court for a search warrant for two residences in the 900 block of West Graham Drive.

While serving those warrants, they located O’Braynt who claimed he had been napping on the couch. He was detained while police searched the home.

Officers located evidence that indicated that someone had indeed been injured inside the residence, then located a deceased man inside a bedroom. The deceased man had been wrapped in several blankets that were bound with rope.

O’Bryant was interviewed by investigators and then remanded to custody of the Monroe County Jail on a charge of dealing meth, maintaining a common nuisance, and failure to report a dead body

An autopsy was conducted on the 29-year-old male on Wednesday, February 9th and it was determined he died from a gunshot wound. The name of the victim is not being released at this time until police can alert his next of kin.

Investigators continued to interview those with knowledge of the event and eventually developed probable cause to charge O’Bryant with felony murder.

The investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information about the murder is asked to contact Detective Josh Burnworth at 812-339-4477.