Suspect in killing of FWCS coach captured

Henry Eshon Underwood was considered armed, dangerous

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne Police have captured a suspect and an alleged accomplice in the shooting death of a Fort Wayne Community Schools educator and coach nearly two weeks ago.

Henry Eshon Underwood was arrested during a traffic stop Wednesday night. He was wanted for the killing of Terrance Miles around 12:15 a.m. May 19 near a parking lot entrance to East Central Towers apartments. A police officer checking on a 911 call about gunshots in the 900 block of Francis Street found his body in a grassy area on Francis Street about 100 feet north of East Washington Boulevard.

Henry Eshon Underwood

Officers set up a perimeter and conducted a search for a possible suspect but did not find anyone. A canvas of the area also failed to produce a weapon near where Miles was gunned down.

Last week, Fort Wayne Police released four images of two men who were “in the immediate area of the homicide,” calling them persons of interest in the investigation and asking for the public’s help to identify them.

On Wednesday then, Fort Wayne Police wrote in a release that detectives identified Underwood as the suspect in the shooting death of Miles. Police said surveillance photographs captured Underwood’s image and the public’s assistance led detectives to identify him and eventually name him as the suspect.

Fort Wayne Police released surveillance images of two men named persons of interest in the fatal shooting of 36-year-old Terrance Lynn along Francis Street on Friday, May 19, 2017. (Fort Wayne Police)

The other man in the surveillance images has also been arrested. Jaevin Eugene Bowie, 20, of Fort Wayne turned himself into police and was charged with Assisting a Criminal, a Level 5 felony.

Mile’s Grandma Kathryn Miles says she’s joyful.

“Why?” she asked. “I know they got them but I’d still like to know why because I know Terrance hadn’t done anything to them. Why did they take his life? Where’s your heart because my god would never tell you to do something like this to someone, but he will see that justice is prevailed.”

Sgt. Michael Joyner with the Fort Wayne Police Department said Underwood was a passenger in a vehicle that police had been surveilling. The vehicle reportedly ran a red light near Terrance Road off State Boulevard and police pulled it over.

Joyner is thankful for the public’s help in catching Underwood and Bowie.

“Here’s a homicide that’s been solved in less than two weeks directly based upon the information that was provided our investigators by the public,” he said. “If we can continue this trend and people in the community can step up and provide us with actionable information we can continue to put persons responsible for these horrendous crimes behind bars.”

Henry is being held on a felony Carrying a Handgun as a Felon charge. Prosecutors will decide whether to charge him with Miles’ death.