Police name ‘persons of interest’ in 2 latest homicides

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne police have developed two persons of interest in the city’s two latest homicides.

Davon Burden
Davon Burden

City Public Safety Director Rusty York identified Davon Burden, 27, as a suspect in the Monday death of 28-year-old Dominic Javon Norton in the 4100 block of Euclid Avenue, and Christopher Figgs, 28, in the Tuesday shooting death of Edword L. Kiel inside a car in the 3400 block of McKinnie Avenue. York, backed by Police Chief Garry Hamilton and Assistant Police Chief Steve Reed, made a public plea from police headquarters in downtown Fort Wayne for help to locate the two.

York said “public engagement” allowed his detectives to identify Figgs and Burden as persons of interest in the cases but did not explain exactly how. He said the two shootings were not related but rather domestic.

Christopher Figgs
Christopher Figgs

York said Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards encouraged him to released the names and images of Figgs and Burden, a rare step for local police.

Hamilton said they wanted to send a message to the public with this press conference.

“They feel like the police aren’t doing anything, but we need the public’s help and to say that this is the result if you help us,” Hamilton said. “We can help solve these other crimes. We need the community to understand that it’s not just coming from the police department. When you see the results of you working with the police department this is what’s going to happen. We can make an arrest and get these individuals off the streets and make our community safe again.”

NewsChannel 15 also asked the chief about the recent investigations into the shootings involving young teens. Hamilton said they do have a person or person of interest in about four of those shootings and are currently working with the prosecutor to move forward with arrests.

Hamilton said he has been speaking to the family of one of the persons of interest and is hopeful he will turn himself in to police.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Figgs or Burden or information on the cases is asked to call the police department’s detective bureau at 427-1201 or CrimeStoppers at 436-STOP.

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