Police ID injured, dead in Monday home invasion

Police say a suspect is dead and a resident is in serious condition after a home invasion. Police are now looking for the second suspect.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Officials have identified the person killed while apparently trying to break into an apartment unit on Monday and the resident who was seriously wounded in the incident.

Officers were called to Black Bear Creek apartments at 1680 Reed Road shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Monday.

According to city police spokesperson Officer Michael Joyner, two men entered an apartment and and one was shot by the resident, Damarcus A. Thomas, 29. Sylvanus Tarpley Williams, 36, of Indianapolis, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other suspect was shot but ran from the area.

Thomas, the resident, was also shot and taken to the hospital in serious condition. A woman and child were also home at the time of the invasion. They were not injured, according to Joyner.

The Allen County Coroner ruled William’s death a homicide, the 40th in Allen County in 2013. The coroner’s office said he died from a gunshot wound or wounds.

Information on the suspect who fled the area was not available from police on Monday.

Anyone with information on the second suspect is asked to call Fort Wayne police or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP.

The incident remains under investigation.

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