The Journal Gazette
Sunday, January 05, 2020 1:00 am

Minor in car kills self in airport parking lot

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A person sitting in his car at a Fort Wayne International Airport parking lot took his life Saturday afternoon. 

Fort Wayne police could not give the person's name or age, but Officer Mark Bieker, on-duty public information officer, said he was a minor. 

Calls about a person sitting in a vehicle with a gun came into police dispatch about noon, Bieker said. It was determined the person was alone. With someone armed like that, police had to close down the main airport entrance and parking lots on the west side of the terminal, rerouting passengers a different way, he added. 

The SWAT team and negotiators spoke with the young man more than two hours. When it became apparent that he was intent on ending his life, police introduced chemical agents or irritants into the car in an effort to force him out. Police then heard a gunshot and found him critically wounded, Bieker said. 

He was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

On the airport's Facebook page, a post indicated that the situation was resolved about 4 p.m., and suggested that some passengers may have been delayed.

“The emergency situation has been resolved and terminals are now open. We recommend passengers contact their airlines for updates on flight information. We appreciate the patience and understanding of our passengers, as well as the swiftness of our response teams during this incident,” the statement read.

It is not known whether anyone missed a flight, Bieker said.

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