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Monroe Co. Sheriff Investigating Shooting Death As A Homicide

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Garry Hicks (Monroe Co. Sheriff's Department)

Police are holding a Monroe County man after they say he shot a man Thursday morning on Bloomington's east side.

According to a statement from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, 43 year-old James “Mike” Troxal had been living the last two weeks in a garage near a house on South Knightridge Road. The sheriff's office says the owner of the house, 62-year-old Gary Hicks mistook Troxal for a robber and shot him.

Troxal died from a gunshot wound to his chest.

Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain says during the course of their investigation, officers learned that Hicks mental capacity is declining. Hicks has reportedly been patrolling his property at night with a shotgun because he was afraid of getting robbed.

Sheriff Swain says Hicks will likely face charges for murder and possession of a firearm.

This story has been updated.

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