Police: Saturday shooting in Evansville was drug-related

Eyewitness News has obtained the police affidavit for a weekend shooting on Evansville's east side that left one Danville, Indiana man dead.

The affidavit states the shooting was reported this past Saturday afternoon in the Burlington Coat Factory parking lot off of Green River Rd. When officers arrived to the scene, they found Michael Pardee, 41, of Danville, IN dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Pardee's body was lying outside the passenger side door.

According to the report, the driver, who police have not yet identified, told detectives he and Pardee came to Evansville to sell drugs. The driver reportedly told police that during the drug deal, a black male suspect in the front seat pulled out a gun and told the driver and Pardee that he was going to rob them. When Pardee reportedly said this didn't need to happen, the suspect shot him in the face.


During the investigation, detectives identified DeSean Summers as a suspect. Summers was arrested on Sunday and was charged with murder while committing a felony offense and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.

Another suspect, Donovan Thomas, was arrested Monday and has been charged with murder and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.

The affidavit also states Summers organized the drug deal with Pardee. Police say Summers drove a friend's car to the scene with at least three passengers. Detectives say he was armed when he got into Pardee's vehicle.

Police tell us surveillance video shows Summers fleeing the scene with items from Pardee's vehicle.

Evansville Police said no further details can be released at this time.

We will continue to follow this story.

(This story was originally published on Jan. 2, 2018)


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