Coroner identifies man fatally shot in Bloomington homeless encampment



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (IUSTV News) – The Monroe County Coroner has identified the man who was found murdered in a homeless encampment Tuesday.

He was identified as 52-year-old Curtis Butler, of Bloomington. The coroner said the preliminary cause of death was from a gunshot wound, but a complete autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

As of Wednesday evening, the Bloomington Police Department is still searching for the suspect. Police have not given any descriptions of the suspect, but say they believe the suspect and Butler knew each other.

This is the second death in the homeless encampment since December.

Last month, 31-year-old Shaquille Phillips was found dead with what police said were injuries “consistent with being cut and/or struck by a sharp object.”

42-year-old Craig Pearson was arrested and charged with murder a short time later. He is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail. Online court records show he will be back in court for a pretrial conference on Jan. 16.