FWPD looking for person who shot at officers

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne police surrounded a house in the 1400 block of Saint Joe Boulevard after a person fired several shots at officers late Tuesday night, according to FWPD Spokesman Officer Chris Felton.

Around 11:30 p.m., two officers were in the area when they heard gunshots. As they went to investigate on foot someone started shooting in the direction of the officers from a second-story apartment, according to Felton. He said the officers were in an alley and at least one officer returned fire before they both took cover.

Additional officers were called in to assist. Shortly before midnight the FWPD Emergency Services and Crisis Response teams were called.

Officers surrounded the home which is split into several apartments. They deployed tear gas and used a loudspeaker in an attempt to draw the suspect out of the house.

An officer on the loudspeaker indicated the person inside the home was under arrest and police will not leave until he’s in custody. However, around 1:40 a.m. police made entry into the apartment and did not locate anyone. Felton said it’s likely the suspect ran off as the officers took cover and before other officers could arrive and set up a perimeter.

Felton said police have not identified the person who lives in the apartment and are working with potential witnesses to identify the possible shooter. Investigators also gathered potential evidence from the apartment and surrounding area.

No injuries were reported.

Police escorted several people from nearby homes as a precaution and they were allowed to return shortly before 2 a.m.

The incident is under investigation.