Judge: Man who shot at officer competent to stand trial

Daniel Spells mug shot (Photo courtesy: Allen County Sheriff's Department)
Daniel Spells mug shot (Photo courtesy: Allen County Sheriff's Department)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – An Allen County judge said a man who is facing multiple charges for shooting at a Fort Wayne Police Department officer back in May is competent to stand trial.

Police said Daniel L. Spells, 33, of Fort Wayne, shot at FWPD officer Treven Brown in the 2800-block of Harrison Street after Brown stopped to speak with him about a possible domestic disturbance in that area.

According to police, Spells pulled a handgun from his waistband and began shooting at Brown. During the struggle, Brown was able to get Spells to the ground while he was still shooting and eventually took the gun away from Spells.

Brown was not injured in the incident.

On Wednesday, the judge said Spells was competent to stand trial. Spells’ trial date is set for June 3, 2014.

Spells is charged with attempted murder, criminal recklessness, possession of a handgun without a license and resisting law enforcement.

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