FORT WAYNE – A Fort Wayne man in his 20s was shot and killed by police Thursday morning after the man walked down the street, shooting indiscriminately at officer and homes, police and neighbors said.
Police were called to a house in the 7700 block of Weymouth Court at 8:22 a.m. about a young man who was suicidal and armed, police said.
Four units responded, including an officer trained to deal with such situations. Police said officers went into the house and the man fired at them, so they retreated outside.
Shortly afterward, police said, the man came outside, shooting at them and into the neighborhood as he walked. The neighbors described it as sounding like fireworks.
Police said the man got into a car, drove to a driveway a few houses down, got out of the car and was shot by multiple officers.
Dozens of police were later at the scene of the Wheatridge subdivision shooting.
Police spokeswoman Raquel Foster confirmed that the 22-year-old man was dead. A covered body could be seen at the end of a driveway on Weymouth Court.
About 9 a.m., neighbors heard one shot, then two, then a barrage of shots that some thought were fireworks.
"It sounded like someone unloaded," said Korwyn Harkins, 24, who lives on Spruce Creek Place, one street over and across a small creek from where the shooting happened.
"It reminded me of the way the Boston bomber (capture) sounded That's what it seemed like," he said, referring to the fatal shootout between police and Boston Marathon suspects.
Police cars later were lining the street on Weymouth Court. Yellow police tape cordoned off houses where at least 30 to 40 officers were gathered.
Neighbors, shaken, stood in driveways and on the sidewalk. "I just saw a gentleman get shot by police. That's all I'm gonna say," said one man.
Neighbor Lisa Gallmeyer, who lives on Weymouth Court, said she was pulling into her driveway after dropping her child off at school when she saw a man a few houses down get out of a car.
She said she saw a police officer run across the street and crouch behind a dirt pile and then heard shooting.
Foster said some neighboring homes were hit by gunfire.
More information will be posted as it is confirmed.