Victim Expected Fistfight Over Stolen Cash Totaling Less Than $100. He Got Shot Dead Instead, Police Say.

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Source: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department; UNSPLASH

Oct. 21 2022, Published 9:01 a.m. ET

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A man in Indiana is dead after he got into a dispute over less than $100 and expected a fistfight but got shot instead, police said.

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Around 9 p.m. on Oct. 14, Milton Porter went to the Indianapolis home of 32-year-old Calvin Lawson Jr. after stealing what a witness believed was less than $100 from Lawson, court documents obtained by WISH-TV show.

Lawson and his girlfriend were sleeping when Porter allegedly showed up at the apartment, and the woman woke Lawson up to let him know, according to the documents.

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A second witness told investigators Lawson believed he and Porter were going to fight without weapons.

“When Calvin got up, he put his knife on the refrigerator and told [the witness] that he didn’t want to use the knife,” the court documents state. “He was going to show him what these hands could do.”


Once outside, Lawson encountered Porter, who had on latex gloves and all-black clothing, including a hoodie. Lawson told Porter multiple times to show him his one hand that was concealed in the sweatshirt’s pocket, according to the documents.

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When Porter pulled the hand out, he allegedly was holding a gun, which he's accused of using to fire a single shot at Lawson, who was struck in the neck, the documents state.

Witnesses claimed to police that the suspect then bent over and picked up what investigators believe was a shell casing before he allegedly fled the scene.

Lawson was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

This week, police arrested Porter and he was charged with murder, according to reports.


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