Prosecutor’s office: Fatal police shooting was self-defense

Tavontae Jamar Haney, 19, Fort Wayne, was involved in a confrontation with FWPD officers Saturday, April 27, 2013.
Tavontae Jamar Haney, 19, Fort Wayne, was involved in a confrontation with FWPD officers Saturday, April 27, 2013.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  – The Allen County Prosecutor’s Office says police were justified when they shot and killed a 19-year-old man last year during a traffic stop.

On April 27, Fort Wayne Police Department officers Cameron Norris and John Drummer pulled over a red SUV for a traffic stop near Congress Avenue and Gaywood Drive.

Police said the driver and passenger then got out and ran from the officers.

Officers chased after the passenger of the car, 19-year-old Tavontae Jamar Haney, and ordered him to drop the gun at least twice. According to police, Haney eventually aimed his weapon at officers and that’s when they shot and killed him.

The Allen County Prosecutor’s Office will not be pressing charges. The prosecutor’s office says the officers fired in self-defense.

Haney’s death was the 16th homicide in Allen County in 2013.

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