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Tribune photo by Aubrey Woods  Investigators gather where an Indiana State Police helicopter led them to the remains of a male near the CSX railroad north of Sandy Creek Drive on Seymour's far east side Wednesday aftneroon.
Tribune photo by Aubrey Woods Investigators gather where an Indiana State Police helicopter led them to the remains of a male near the CSX railroad north of Sandy Creek Drive on Seymour's far east side Wednesday aftneroon.


Indiana State Police have said a Marion County man found dead north of Seymour is a victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"The preliminary indications are John Michael Fish, 35, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Sgt.Noel Houze said early Wednesday evening.

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Indiana State Police have identified the remains of a man found dead Wednesday north of Seymour as that of John Michael Fish, 35, of Indianapolis.

Fish was suspected of having fired a gun at an Indiana State Police trooper on Seymour's east side Monday night. He fled the scene after the trooper returned fire, police said.

Police have removed the body of Fish from the scene.

Sgt. Noel Houze of the state police said an autopsy will be conducted Friday in Louisville, Ky., to determine the cause of death.

Houze said Tuesday police found no evidence at the shooting scene Monday to indicate that Fish had been shot by the trooper, whose name has not been released.

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Indiana State Police investigators are awaiting the arrival of the Jackson County coroner to examine remains of a person found dead north of Seymour within the last 20 to 30 minutes.

Sgt. Noel Houze said the body has been identified as a male but said the identity of the person is not yet known.

“No identification information will be released until the Jackson County coroner makes positive identification and relatives of the deceased have been notified,” Houze said.

He was unsure when that identification and notification would take place.

“This process sometimes takes several days, and in isolated cases, weeks,” Houze said.

Houze said a state police helicopter searching the area discovered the body, located near the CSX railroad tracks north of Sandy Creek Drive on Seymour’s far east side.

Houze said he did not know whether the ISP helicopter was up in a general search or responding to a tip to police.

Access to area has been blocked.

“They’re securing the scene and will have detectives come over,” Houze said. “All such scenes need to be treated like a crime scene.

Houze said he could not yet determine whether the remains could be related to a shooting along Sandy Creek Drive and Tipton Street on Monday night in which an Indianapolis man fled after an exchange of gunfire with a state trooper.

John Michael Fish, 35, is accused of firing a gun a state trooper who was attempting to make a traffic stop. The trooper fired back, and Fish fled north, police said.

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