FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne’s Police Chief is saying recent violence in the city is putting the city’s reputation on the line. He’s amping up the department’s efforts after this week’s quadruple and triple homicides.
“It’s tragic,” said Fort Wayne Police Chief Steve Reed. “This type of violence cannot be tolerated.”
Marcus Dansby is being charged for the killings of three people and an unborn baby inside a south-side home early Sunday.
Police are still looking for suspects for Tuesday’s shooting of five people at the Sports and Spirits Bar along East Wayne Street which left three people dead.
Reed is asking for the community’s help to find the shooters from that night.
“There was a lot of people in that bar,” he said. “We need more people to come forward with that information about what they saw and what they may know.”
He emphasized the importance of the community’s voice.
“The Fort Wayne Police Department cannot do this alone,” Reed said. “We need your help. When a crime occurs, we need your assistance in solving it.”
Reed describes his officer’s current efforts to stop violent crimes as “non-stop.”
“Fort Wayne remains, overall, a safe city,” he explained. “We have had our share of violent acts occur here. Yes, I do worry about the city’s reputation and that’s why it’s on us when these acts do occur. The police department has to do whatever we can to solve these and bring the person or persons responsible to justice.”
Reed said they’ve added detectives to their gang and violent crimes unit and homicide unit in an effort to be more proactive.