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Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1:00 am

Suspect sought in homicide

Allegedly said slaying was accidental

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

The Fort Wayne Police Department is looking for a man charged with reckless homicide in the shooting death of Javon Sims in November.

Nickolas Fitzgerald McKinley, 24, of the 1000 block of East Lawn Drive, is considered armed and dangerous, police said Monday.

McKinley was charged Friday with shooting Sims, 22, about 1 a.m. on Nov. 7 outside Sims' home in the 2900 block of Smith Street.

McKinley and members of Sims' family said McKinley was a friend of Sims' and had been at the house that night. Sims' house was shot at in at least two drive-by shootings in the hours before he was killed, court records said.

McKinley told police after the shooting he was about to leave Sims' house when he decided to have one last cigarette on the porch and was armed when he saw someone creeping up the side of the house with a hooded sweatshirt on. McKinley told police he thought someone was coming up to shoot him and didn't realize it was Sims.

When police arrived at the scene, Sims was alive, but according to court documents, did not tell police who shot him.

Later, McKinley said the shooting was an accident.

Sims was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital in critical condition, where he died, police have said.

McKinley is described as black, 5-foot-10 and weighing 302 pounds. He has brown eyes, short black hair and a full beard without a mustache.

Anyone with information about McKinley is asked to call Fort Wayne police at 427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.  

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