FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The man officers found holding a knife in the parking lot of the Hallmark Inn and shot dead by police on the evening of October 8 has been identified.
The Allen County Coroner’s report identified the man as Charles Eugene Antrup, 62 of Fort Wayne. The cause of death was determined to be gunshot wounds to the head, and the manner of which was ruled a homicide, police action shooting.
On Saturday evening, Police were called to the Hallmark Inn, at 3738 East Washington Boulevard, after an employee called and said a man with a weapon was threatening to hurt people outside.
Officers found Antrup in the parking lot behind the motel with a knife.
FWPD Spokesman Officer Jeremy Webb said officers gave repeated commands for Antrup to drop the knife. Webb said at some point Antrup began to approach officers and lunged towards them and Officer Christopher Hawthorne fired his weapon. Antrup fell to the ground and was still holding the knife. Officers continued to order Antrup to get rid of the weapon, but he again refused, according to Webb. Several officers then approached Antrup and kicked the knife away. Webb said officers began providing first aid until medics arrived.
However, paramedics pronounced Antrup dead at the scene. Webb has not said how many shots were fired. Webb also did not have information about who Antrup was threatening but said no one else was hurt.
The initial 911 caller said Antrup might have been intoxicated, but police have not confirmed that information.
Officer Hawthorne, who has served for 1.5 years, was placed on a five-day paid administrative leave, per department policy. The Indiana State Police were called to run a parallel investigation.
The officer-involved shooting comes approximately 40 hours after member’s of the FWPD Emergency Services Team shot and killed a man who was threatening the life of a child. That incident also remains under investigation.
The officer-involved shooting is the third in 2016 for an FWPD officer. The first happened on East Rudisill Boulevard Mar. 20. An FWPD officer and ISP trooper shot a 62-year-old man who fired a shot at police near the AutoZone. The officers were exonerated of any wrong-doing in that case.
Antrup is the 39th homicide victim in Allen County for 2016.The
The incident remains under investigation.