Crime & Safety Briefs: Oct. 9 edition

| October 9, 2013

Gunshots wound man on Oxford Street

FORT WAYNE—At approximately, 3:17 p.m., Sept. 29, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 1100 block of Oxford St. on a report of a person shot.  Officers arrived and located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  The victim, later identified as 23-year-old Lecameron T. Smith-Reed, was declared to be in stable condition by medics, and was taken to a local hospital. Hospital staff then downgraded the male’s condition to critical.

The initial investigation has revealed that a witness observed Smith-Reed standing in the street, speaking with an unknown number of occupants inside an SUV. The witness said a gunshot was heard, and the witness looked and saw the male fall to the ground, as the SUV sped away westbound on Oxford St. The witness ran over to Smith-Reed who advised he was shot and requested the witness call 911.

At this time there is no further description of the SUV or the occupants inside it. There are no suspects and no one is in custody. A K-9 track was not attempted due to the reports that the suspect immediately fled in a vehicle. No other evidence has been located at this time. No motives have been established and detectives are hoping to speak with the victim at the earliest opportunity. No other injuries were reported.

Detectives are currently interviewing witnesses and canvassing the neighborhood.  Crime Scene Technicians processed the scene identifying and collecting any evidence.  Video footage of surrounding businesses also will be reviewed.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting or the suspect SUV is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at (260) 427-1222.  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 fatally shot at Southbridge Apartments

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 11:16 p.m., Sept. 26, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 8300 block of Bridgeway Lane, Southbridge Apartments, in reference to a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and located a male victim lying near the sidewalk in the 8300 block of Bridgeway Lane. The victim, later identified as 23-year-old Katahj Amard Blackmon, was unresponsive when officers located him. Officers observed Blackmon was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics arrived and pronounced the victim deceased.

Several citizens who live in nearby apartment buildings called dispatch to report hearing gunshots. Additional callers indicated they observed a subject lying on the ground. Witnesses reported to police they observed two male/black subjects run around the corner of a nearby apartment building after they heard the gunshots.

Detectives are currently interviewing potential witnesses and tenants of the nearby apartment buildings. Crime Scene Technicians are processing the scene and collecting evidence. No arrests have been made and there are no suspects at this time. The Allen County Coroner’s Office will release the victim’s identity along with the cause and manner of death.

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

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at (260) 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at (260)436-7867.

Burglary suspect arrested

FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Police Department has made an arrest in one of a series of burglaries that have plagued a number of southwest neighborhoods recently. A uniform officer investigating a burglary in the 4000 block of S. Harrison St. Sept. 28, was able to lift latent prints that were later identified as belonging to the suspect. Arrested and charged with B felony residential burglary is Christian William Bradley.

Uniform officers apprehended Bradley at his place of employment without incident. Investigators will continue to pour over the remaining cases to determine if Bradley or any other person of interest is responsible.

 

Canadian man critically injured in accident, leg amputated onsite

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 12:19 a.m., Oct. 1, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 309 MM I-69 Southbound on a report of an injury accident involving a semi. Upon arrival, Officers located the adult male driver of the semi appearing to be in critical condition. The male, later identified as 49-year-old Dmitry Naumov of  Oakville, Ontario Canada was taken to a local hospital where he as listed as in critical condition at press time. Additional reports indicate that Naumov’s leg was amputated at the scene as a last-ditch, life-saving effort.

Preliminary reports indicate a witness reported the semi truck, which was traveling southbound, had left the roadway and had struck the sound barrier wall on the west side of the road before coming to a stop. It appears the semi had driven along the guardrail for several feet prior to breaking through the guardrail and completely leaving the road, impacting the sound barrier wall. At this time, it is too early to tell if speed, alcohol, or any medical conditions were contributing factors. There is currently no indication that any other vehicles were involved or caused the semi to leave the roadway. There were no other injuries reported and no one else was in the semi besides the driver.

Anyone that witnessed the accident is asked to call police. I-69 SB at the 309 mile marker.

This incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department.

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

This article originally appeared in the Oct. 9 print edition.

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