Slain gunman had criminal record

Ryan Koontz

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The man who was shot and killed by police Thursday morning after he opened fire on officers in a north side Fort Wayne neighborhood , had prior run-ins with police.

On Friday morning, the Allen County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Ryan J. Koontz, 22, of Fort Wayne.

Thursday morning’s shootout that put an entire neighborhood in danger was not the first time police officers in Fort Wayne have dealt with the 22-year-old.

Back in September of 2010, Koontz was charged with the following:

  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Resisting Law Enforcement
  • False Informing

Koontz pleaded guilty in the case. He was given a one year suspended sentence and was put on probation.

Koontz violated his probation in June of 2011 when police found him in possession of marijuana. He was also charged with resisting arrest.

Koontz pleaded guilty to two Class D felonies: receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana. He was then ordered to serve one year on house arrest for violating probation.

It is still unclear as to how Koontz had access to a gun and who it was registered to. Police said they cannot comment on the gun Koontz used because the investigation is ongoing. Federal law prohibits convicted felons to own guns.

According to police, four FWPD officers were called to a home in the 7700-block of Weymouth Court in the Wheatridge housing addition, off of Cook and Coldwater Roads, around 8:20 a.m. Thursday.

Police indicated that Koontz may have been under the influence of mind-altering drugs and was behaving “irrationally.” Police also knew that he had access to a firearm.

FWPD spokesperson Raquel Foster said that as the first responding officers attempted to make contact with Koontz, he fired shots from inside the home at officers.

The officers retreated from the home and Koontz left the house while continuing to shoot, according to police.

Koontz then got into a car and tried to run over at least one officer in the home’s driveway, while continuing to shoot at the officers.

Police said officers then shot and killed Koontz.

FWPD released the names of the officers involved in the fatal shooting on Friday morning. Sergeant Shane Coleman, Sergeant Daniel Ingram, Officer Kenneth Jameson, and Officer Donald Lewis were placed on administrative leave in accordance with departmental policy.

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