Man killed, one arrested in Zionsville


One man was arrested on April 30 after a homicide on April 28, where a body was discovered at 7:15 a.m. in a small retention area near the Big-4 Rail Trail in Zionsville.

During the investigation on April 28, a handgun was discovered in a public place. Two search warrants were then served in Zionsville, resulting in the arrest of 28-year-old David Meschino of Zionsville, who is charged with criminal transfer of a firearm.

No one has been charged with murder yet.

The Boone County Communications Center received several 911 calls of “shots fired” at 6:07 a.m. April 28 near the Rail Trail behind Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak St. Police searched the area but found nothing due to the darkness.

Later, at 7:15 a.m., a resident called 911 after discovering the body. The body was later identified as Samuel Thomas Bennett, a 23-year-old Zionsville resident. The Boone County Homicide Task Force stated in a press release it appeared he died from apparent gunshot wounds. Bennett’s autopsy was scheduled for April 29.

Zionsville Police Dept. Chief Robert Knox said ZPD has received calls from outside agencies offering their assistance, and extra police were then stationed on the Rail Trail where the body was found. Police also canvassed neighborhoods and talking to people in search of information.

Overall, Knox said he thinks Zionsville is still a safe community and bad things happen everywhere.
“It seems like here recently they’ve certainly come to our community, and we’ve had to suffer through it together, but when you boil it all down, we are a community of people and people do incredibly stupid, mean things,” Knox said. “I think 99.9 percent of our residents are honest, good, hardworking people, but it’s just evil is out there. We are a suburb of a major metropolitan area, even if we weren’t, people still do terrible things.”

Knox said he didn’t know if the assailant was a member of the Zionsville community or if the assailant came from outside the community.

ZPD is asking the public to come forward if they know of any information regarding the homicide and to call the Boone County Communications Center at (765) 482-1412 or email [email protected].