Chief Reed hits the streets one day after city’s 35th homicide

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The string of violence has Fort Wayne Police looking for answers. Wednesday, after a homicide Tuesday night, Police Chief Steve Reed took to the streets to ask for answers.

The community outreach team took to Avondale Drive where one man was killed Tuesday. Chief Reed joined them. His schedule doesn’t let him get out every time this sort of crime happens, but he knows this is one of the most important parts of the job.

“We’ll knock on the door,” Reed said. “Let them know why we’re here. In order to gain more community involvement and hopefully some information, we want to come out the day after a homicide where we have not yet made an arrest in hopes to gain more information to help us solve these crimes.”

Fort Wayne Police Chief Steve Reed
Fort Wayne Police Chief Steve Reed

“It’s good police are out here,” one neighbor said.

For police, this isn’t the first time they’ve had to go door to door looking for information on a homicide in the area.

“So far there’s been two homicides here in the last few months,” the neighbor said. “That’s counting the one across the street. Then there was a 15-year-old boy shot in the head.”

Some knocks got no answer. Others kept the officers there for several minutes talking. All homes got a pamphlet.

“Information on when and where [the crime] occurred, the type of crime that occurred, information on how to contact us,” Reed said. “Maybe they don’t want to speak with me right now.”

This group is led by former police chief Garry Hamilton. Chief Reed can’t always make it out, but knows it’s important he does when he can.

“I want the public to know I’m here and I’m available,” Reed said.

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