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Fort Wayne police release statement on Thursday morning fatal shooting

Statement as issued Thursday by Raquel Foster, a spokeswoman for the Fort Wayne Police Department:

Police Action Shooting

Date/Time of Incident: May 02, 2013 / 8:22 AM

Location of Incident: 7700 (block of) Weymouth Court

Deceased: Male, age 22, Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, Ind. – On Thursday, May 02, 2013 at approximately 8:22 a.m. the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a home in the 7700 block of Weymouth Court reference a disturbance that resulted in a police action shooting. An adult male was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial information received indicated that a resident at this home was under the influence of a mind- or mood-altering drug(s) and that he was behaving irrationally, and that he had access to a firearm. As the first responding officers attempted to make contact, the suspect fired shots inside the home and at the officers as they retreated for their safety. The suspect then gained access to a vehicle and pursued one of the officers into the front drive of a neighboring home. The suspect then exited the vehicle and exchanged gunfire with that officer and the other officers on the scene. The suspect was fatally wounded. There were no physical injuries to the responding officers, and there were no injuries reported to any bystanders or residents in the neighborhood.

At this time, investigators and crime scene technicians remain at the scene. Because the suspect was firing indiscriminantly, in multiple directions, neighboring homes were found to have been struck by gunfire; those homes became part of the investigation and are also being processed by crime scene technicians. There were direct eyewitnesses to this incident and they have been transported to the police headquarters where each will be interviewed. There were four officers involved and they will be placed on administrative leave in accordance with departmental policy.

This incident remains under investigation with the City of Fort Wayne Police Department, the Indiana State Police, the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and the Allen County Coroner's Office. There is nothing further at this time.

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