Crime & Safety Briefs: Aug. 14 edition

| August 13, 2013

Police on scene of suicide

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 12:23 a.m., Aug. 6, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to an adult male making suicide threats in an apartment in the 2400 block of Bolton Drive. The male caller was making suicide threats and stated he was armed with a gun.

Officers began negotiating with the male, but during negotiations, contact was lost with the male and contact could not be resumed. Members of the Emergency Services Team made entry to check on the male, and ended up locating a deceased male.

This incident is currently being treated as a death investigation, and there are no other details to be released. No other persons were involved in the incident.

Assisting agencies include the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority and Allen County Coroner.


Police investigate Lafayette Street shooting

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 4:04 a.m., Aug. 4, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the area of Lafayette Street and E. Pettit Avenue on a report of gunshots being fired.

Upon arriving, officers heard more gunshots being fired. Officers then located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds near the intersection of Lafayette Street and Decatur Road. The male was taken to a local hospital in critical condition by paramedics, where he remained in critical condition at press time.

While investigating the shooting scene, officers were notified that a second victim had been taken by private transport to another local hospital, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. This male was said to be in good condition by hospital staff.

At this time there are no suspects and no one is in custody and a motive has not been established, nor have weapons have been recovered. The relationship between victims, and between victims and any shooters, is yet to be determined, as is whether or not gang activity is suspected. It is unknown at this time what led to the shots being fired, such as if an argument or fight took place.

Crime Scene Technicians processed the scene, searching for and collecting any evidence. Detectives also canvassed the area for any possible witnesses and will be interviewing the victims at the earliest opportunity. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

This incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Assisting agencies include the City of Fort Wayne Fire Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.


Man killed in traffic accident

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 7:16 p.m., Aug. 3, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the intersection of Hayden Street and McCulloch Street on a report of an accident with injuries. Upon arrival, Officers located an adult male who was unconscious and unresponsive. The male was declared to be in critical condition by medics, who transported the male, later identified as 54-year-old Henry Meyers, to a local hospital in critical condition. Meyers later was pronounced deceased by hospital staff.

At this time, it is believed that Meyers was driving an SUV westbound on Hayden Street, and as he approached McCulloch Street, he attempted to pass a box truck that was also traveling westbound. As the SUV passed the box truck, the SUV side swiped the box truck, and then drove into a tree. At this point, it is unknown what exactly caused the SUV to drive into the tree. It is unknown if the impact with the box truck caused this, or if any other factors played a role.

The driver of the box truck and its passenger were uninjured. At this time no other witnesses have come forward. There were no other vehicles involved in this accident.

It is currently unknown if alcohol or speed played a factor in the accident. Investigators from the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team are currently investigating the accident, searching for any evidence or witnesses. Anyone who was in the area and may have seen something is encouraged to contact police.

Assisting agencies include the City of Fort Wayne Fire Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.

This article originally appeared in the Aug. 14 print edition.


Police seek to identify a subject

FORT WAYNE—Fort Wayne police detectives would like to speak with the individual seen pulling into the Broadway Point gas station and exiting the white Chevy Impala. The subject is not wanted, however could very well have information concerning an incident that took place on the lot at the time he arrived.

Call Crime Stopper’s at (260) 436-STOP or the Fort Wayne Detective Bureau at (260) 427-1201.


Watch out for school children

FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Police Department would like to remind area motorist that local schools systems will be back in session starting next week which means a large number of school buses and school aged children navigating our streets to and from school.

As the school buses fan out each morning and afternoons motorist can expect delays in their commute as buses make their stops on both major and secondary roadways picking up and dropping off students.

Motorists are warned of the severity of disregarding a school bus stop arm and school speed zones. Penalties change range from hundreds of dollars in fines and can result in up to 60-days of incarceration.

Officers will be patrolling to ensure that these laws are being obeyed.


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