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Tax office owner faces gun charge after self-defense shooting

March 14, 2018

The owner of a suburban Indianapolis tax preparation shop faces a weapons charge after fatally shooting a man who carried two guns.

Antonio Burse of Colbert/Ball Tax Service in Lawrence has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon in connection with the self-defense shooting of 25-year-old Antonio Bertram of Indianapolis on March 6.

The 34-year-old Burse has a 2007 aggravated battery conviction.

An affidavit says Bertram, wearing a mask, went to the tax office armed with two guns after his fiancee made threats there regarding her federal income tax return. The affidavit says Burse was waiting for him with a gun that Burse's wife owned and kept at the office and shot Bertram when he reached for one of the guns.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday for Burse's attorney.

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