FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Fort Wayne police officer is recovering after he was hurt chasing a burglary suspect Thursday morning. The vehicle pursuit ended when the suspect’s car hit a house and he took off running.
Everything started when officers were called to a burglary in progress on Winter Street.
A neighbor, James, said he was resting when his pitbull started barking and going back and forth between two windows. When he looked outside, he saw a man he didn’t know.
“He would go to the end of the shrubs and if he saw a car coming, he’d stand back and squat. Then I’d see the car pass and he’d stand back up and I said, ‘Yeah something’s going on wrong,'” James said.
Another neighbor across the street called police. When officers arrived, we’re told the suspect took off in a silver Buick LaSabre. Police drove after him, but the chase only lasted a few blocks. Police said the suspect drove into the parking lot of Faith Lutheran Church, across from the intersection of Lillie Street and Pettit Avenue, and jumped out of the car. The car kept going and crashed through a fence before hitting the back of a home on Elmrow Drive.
An officer ran after the suspect, but he was hurt. Police didn’t say how the officer was hurt, but he went to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. His condition wasn’t released.
Officers canvased the area with a K-9 unit, but the suspect wasn’t found. The car is now being processed as well as the stolen TV and TV stand that were still in the car.
“He will get caught because you can’t do good people wrong and think something good is going to happen to you,” Jeanaria Thomas said. “Hopefully the officer who got hurt a little bit will be alright for providing a good service for the community.”
Thomas lives across the street from the house that was broken into on Winter Street.
“Normally this neighborhood is quiet. I’m glad we have concerned neighbors to look out for one another,” she said.
The woman who owns the house that was broken into didn’t want to go on camera with NewsChannel 15 but said, “Thank God for my neighbors.”
The woman who lives in the Elmrow house was in her front yard when the car crashed. At first she thought someone was shooting at the house. She ran inside and hit the floor. When she finally peered out the window, she saw that a car had hit her house. She was not hurt.
Anyone with information on the owner of the Buick pictured along side this article is asked to call crime stoppers at (260) 436-STOP.