Fort Wayne police are expected Thursday to announce the names of officers involved in a chase and shooting that ended in a local man's death.
Shaquille I. Kelly, 26, died from a gunshot wound to the chest around 2 a.m. Wednesday in the 3600 block of Oliver Street on the city’s south side. The Allen County coroner’s office ruled his death a homicide.
Police spokeswoman Sofia Rosales-Scatena said an officer fired a shot during the incident and police are investigating whether that gunshot killed Kelly.
Kelly was being pursued by police when he drove his car up on into a yard and into a vacant home at Oliver and Grier Street. He was found shot inside his car, neighbors and friends said.
Officers were patrolling in the area of Reed and Baxter Streets when they heard gunshots in the vicinity. Police attempted to stop Kelly’s vehicle and Kelly fled, Rosales-Scatena said.
A short time after the pursuit began, Kelly crashed his car into the corner home, she said.
Family and friends gathered on Oliver Street Wednesday afternoon.
A man who identified himself as Kelly’s cousin said he saw police picking up shell casings in the intersection of Oliver and Grier.
He and Rolandreia Lewis said they believed Kelly was shot while he was in the intersection, causing him to swerve and go up on the yard and through the front exterior of the home.
A woman who identified herself as an ex-girlfriend of Kelly’s said she was with Kelly all weekend and believed that Kelly was shot outside his home and was on his way to a friend’s house when the police interaction occurred. She said she saw bullet holes in Kelly’s vehicle.
"The whole car was in there," she said pointing to the house boarded up with plywood.