Victim in beating dies; son still jailed

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A family is mourning the loss of a Fort Wayne man who was severely beaten – reportedly by his own son – inside his south-west side home earlier this month.

Gene Ruse, 75, died just before 8 p.m. Tuesday at a local hospital. The Allen County Coroner’s Office said he had succumbed to multiple blunt force injuries to his head and ruled his death a homicide.

Scott Ruse

“I’m still in shock and we’re still very saddened over this whole horrific ordeal,” said Kelley Ruse. “He was a great man, great father, great grandfather, and always there to help other people.”

Kelley Ruse said she has known Gene Ruse and his wife for 29 years. Kelley Ruse is the ex-wife of their 50-year-old son, Scott Ruse, who sits in Allen County Jail accused of brutally beating his parents.

Gene Ruse and Sandra Ruse, 71, were found July 5 beaten inside their home at 3309 Homestead Road, between Covington and Aboite Center roads. Police were called there after a call to 911 was cut off.

Gene Ruse was taken away in critical condition, with Sandra Ruse in stable condition, according to police at the time.

While police investigated the crime at the home, officers learned that a Chevrolet Equinox was missing from the home, and they began tracking it.

Scott Ruse led officers on a brief vehicle pursuit before OnStar was able to disable the vehicle and stop it in Whitley County on State Road 9 at 400 N. In a police interview, Ruse admitted he went to his parents’ house with the intent to kill them both. He said he removed a hammer from the garage and first hit his mother numerous times in the head, and then hit his father several times when he entered the kitchen.

Kelly Rusesaid drugs sent Scott on a downward spiral which led her to file for divorce. However, her relationship with his parents never changed.

“They were good people,” she said. “They were good to me through all the years and they were there to help me out with a lot of hard times through our marriage.”

Scott Ruse told police he took his father’s wallet out of his pants and left the home in their car. He said he used his father’s credit card to put gas into the vehicle and drove to his “crack dealers” to buy crack cocaine.

“Drugs are a senseless thing,” said Kelley Ruse. “For this to happen over drugs, if that’s all that it was, it’s horrific.”

Ruse had been charged in Allen Superior Court with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of attempted robbery. On July 26, he was charged with the murder of his father and another count of felony murder, and one of the attempted murder charges was dropped.