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Resident wounded in home invasion shooting is ID'd

FORT WAYNE – Detectives have released the name of an apartment resident who was badly injured in a home invasion attempt Monday in northeast Fort Wayne.

Damarcus A. Thomas, 29, remained in serious condition Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Authorities on Tuesday released the name of the man killed Monday while police said he was trying to rob the apartment.

Sylvanus Tarpley Williams, 36, was from Indianapolis and had once lived in Fort Wayne, the Allen County Coroner’s Office said.

The shooting happened Monday morning at Black Bear Creek Apartments. Fort Wayne police were called to a unit at 1680 Reed Road, and when officers arrived, they found Williams and Thomas with gunshot wounds, police said.

Officer Michael Joyner said the shootings occurred during an attempted home invasion and that Williams was trying to break into the apartment where Thomas lived with a woman and child. Those two were not hurt during the robbery attempt, he said.

A second would-be robber fled. That man remained at large Tuesday, and police did not have a description of him to release.

William’s death was ruled Allen County’s 40th homicide; all but two have occurred within Fort Wayne city limits.

Williams was the second person shot and killed in recent years while attempting a robbery at the Black Bear Creek complex.

On April 12, 2012, Patrick M. Lee, 18, was fatally shot while trying to rob an apartment there.

The man who lived in the apartment, David A. Kain Jr., was cleared of wrongdoing by the county prosecutor’s office, which determined he acted in self-defense.

Indiana prison records revealed that Williams had a criminal history in Allen County that included a number of gun offenses.

He was convicted of carrying a handgun without a license in 1999; criminal recklessness, obliterating the identifying marks on a handgun, possession of a handgun without a license and resisting law enforcement in 1997; criminal recklessness, obliterating the identifying marks on a handgun, possession of a handgun without a license and resisting law enforcement in 1996; possession of cocaine and obliterating the identifying marks on a handgun in 1995.

Archie Ingersoll of The Journal Gazette contributed to this story.

2013 Allen County homicide details

http://www.jgdata.net/crime/fwhomicides/

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