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Mayor, police chief ask community to help stop violence

Statement as issued Thursday by the city of Fort Wayne, after a news conference at 1:30 p.m.:

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today was joined by Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York and leaders within the Fort Wayne Police Department to discuss the recent homicides in the City.

Mayor Henry reassured the community that his administration and the police department are doing everything they can to ensure Fort Wayne is as safe as possible.

Chief York reiterated the importance of the community coming together and working with police. In addition, Chief York stressed that residents with information about crimes should contact police immediately. With more open communication, police are better equipped to arrest those responsible for criminal acts.

Recent shootings in the City have been the result of gang activity, drugs and domestic disputes.

Of the nine Uniform Crime Report homicides committed in 2013, six of those cases have been solved, and in two other cases, persons of interest have been identified.

The Fort Wayne Police Department works collaboratively with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Indiana State Police, the Allen County Sheriff's Department, and the Allen County Prosecutor's Office in efforts to reduce violence and solve crimes.

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