Advance Indiana readers may recall the mysterious death we told you about of 34-year old Aaron Barnes, who was found dead inside the home of IMPD Officer Gregory Slaven, a 15-year veteran of the department. Indianapolis news media was silent about the death, but concerned police officers expressed concern of a police cover up of Barnes' death. Sources told Advance Indiana that Barnes was found in a bondage-like scene wearing a chloroform mask. Some of Barnes' friends, who defended his BDSM-lifestyle he led with Officer Barnes, claimed his death was accidental. IMPD refused to release any information about Barnes' death; however, the Marion Co. Coroner's Office confirmed it had recovered Barnes' body from Officer Slaven's home in the 8600 block of Ingalls Lane in his southwestern Marion County home in Camby on April 5. The coroner's office told Advance Indiana it was awaiting toxicology test results to determine Barnes' cause of death.
News reports today indicate that police have returned to Officer Slaven's home where they are investigating the death of an unidentified IMPD police officer who worked for the northwest police district. Police told news reporters that no foul play is suspected and that his cause of death is being investigated as a possible suicide. According to The Star, police responded after receiving a call from the officer's roommate at 10:00 a.m this morning. Officer Slaven's relationship with Barnes raised many eyebrows when social media posts of both men depicted Barnes as Slaven's sex slave. Although Barnes' Facebook site listed his name as Aaron Slaven, it was unclear whether he was married to Officer Slaven, the Mr. 501 Eagle 2014 winner who had vocalized his opposition to RFRA and lashed out at Gov. Mike Pence on his Facebook site, which was subsequently deleted following Barnes' death. At Slaven's request, a GoFundMe site was established to raise money to pay for Barnes' funeral costs, which raised $3,305. Slaven complained on social media three days following Barnes' death that he had been ordered to have blood and drug testing performed at Methodist Hospital Occupational Health Center. "I just have to wonder if everything would be the same if we would have been straight and my wife died while I was at work--feeling pissed off," Officer Slaven wrote on his Facebook wall on April 8.
Fox 59 News adds this information on its latest story on the officer's death:
. . . This is the second death investigation at the southwest side home since April.
According to a police report, officers responded to the same home on April 5th. They found an “unresponsive male,” later identified as 34-year-old Aaron Barnes. The report said used duct tape and chloroform were seized from the home.
Sgt. Adams said that investigation is ongoing and would’t say if it’s being investigated as suspicious. He said they are still waiting on a coroner’s reporter before releasing the cause of death . . .But The Star quotes Chief Rick Hite as saying last month that Officer Slaven was not under investigation or subject to any disciplinary proceeding regarding Barnes' death:
The death comes nearly eight weeks after a 34-year-old man was found dead at the same home in the 8600 block of Ingalls Lane. That man’s estranged mother told The Indianapolis Star in April that her son and the IMPD police officer were in a relationship.
The cause of the 34-year-old’s death was unclear. The Marion County coroner’s office told The Star in April that toxicology tests to determine the cause of death would take six to eight weeks. The coroner’s office was closed Monday for the Memorial Day holiday.
IMPD Chief Rick Hite told The Star in April that the officer was not under investigation, suspended or disciplined in connection with the 34-year-old’s death.
Police were notified of the officer’s death Monday when a roommate called 911 around 10 a.m., Adams said. He did not provide any additional details.
The officer had been with IMPD for 15 years, Adams said, and was assigned to the Northwest District.It's interesting that IMPD provided information to The Star and Fox 59 News about Barnes' death when it denied in toto a public records request made by Advance Indiana. It's just another reason why I trust nothing IMPD says about any investigation. The department illegally withholds public records requests under the guise of the investigative records exception whenever anyone who isn't in the business of writing press releases for the department requests information. No mainstream Indianapolis news organization ever reported on the fact that a man died in a police officer's home until today even though they were furnished information about his death last month that was denied to Advance Indiana. Fox 59 learned that police took used duct tape and chloroform from Officer Slaven's home at the time of Barnes' death. Police sources told Advance Indiana that Barnes was found bound in a cage wearing a chloroform mask. The bottom line is that you cannot trust the local news media to fairly and accurately report on matters involving the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.