Man dies after shootout with police, ruled homicide

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne Police fatally shot a man late Sunday after he reportedly fired at them during a chase through the city’s south side.

John Chambers, a Fort Wayne Police Department spokesman, said late Sunday that officers were called just after 9:30 p.m. to the Autozone at 310 Rudisill Blvd. on a report of gunfire.

The crime scene surrounded Rudisill and Barr after a police involved shooting.
The crime scene surrounded Rudisill and Barr after a police involved shooting.

When an city officer and an Indiana State Police trooper arrived, Chambers said they spotted a man with a gun. As they gave chase near Rudisill and Barr streets, the man began shooting at the officers, Chambers said.

At that point, the officers fired back, fatally hitting the man behind a restaurant. It’s not clear whether the city officer, the trooper or both fired the fatal shot.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Monday it was withholding the man’s identity as it works to notify his family. His death was ruled the county’s fifth homicide of 2016.

Indiana State Police Spokesman Sgt. Ron Galaviz said a second person inside AutoZone was struck by the suspect’s initial gunfire.

On Monday afternoon, police spokesman Michael Joyner said the suspected gunman opened fire in the AutoZone during a domestic situation. Joyner said the person shot was not the intended target, but an employee trying to intervene. He said the intended target was not harmed.

The employee was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

A witness told a NewsChannel 15 photographer they were sitting in the drive-thru at a nearby restaurant and heard 18 to 20 gunshots.

Chambers confirmed no officers were hurt.

The incident is under investigation.



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