Fort Wayne man shot dead in reported attempted robbery

| June 11, 2013

Courtesy of Raquel Foster, Public Information Officer, City of Fort Wayne Police Department

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 11:01, on June 1, officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department were dispatched to a call regarding a shooting at West Packard at South Wayne Street. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers spoke with witnesses at the scene. Initial reports indicate that an adult male was on or near the front porch of his private residence, which is near the intersection of West Packard and South Wayne Street, when he was approached by two male subjects. The two subjects then attempted to rob the resident. The resident, an adult male, was armed with a handgun and fired several rounds, striking the adult subject, later identified as 18-year-old Jaquese N. Dandridge, several times.

Medical personnel pronounced Dandridge dead at the scene. A weapon, determined to be an air-soft type handgun, was recovered near the body.

During the engagement, the resident was also shot in the foot. The resident was treated at a local hospital and is reported to be in good condition. The resident immediately called the police to report the incident.

The second subject fled on foot and was last seen running northbound in the neighborhood and was reported to have been wearing a blue South Pole hooded jacket, black shorts, black socks and flip-flop shoes.

During the course of the investigation, information was obtained as to the identity of the second robbery suspect, a 16-year-old juvenile, who fled the scene. He was taken into custody by Fort Wayne Police without incident and transported to the Allen County Juvenile Center on charges of attempted armed robbery, and battery.  Since the arrested suspect is a juvenile, his identity is exempt from disclosure at this time.

Detectives, representatives of the Allen County Coroner’s Office and Allen County Prosecutor’s Office were notified and arrived to investigate. More information is expected after an autopsy is performed.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact The Fort Wayne Police Department or Crime Stoppers.


This article originally appeared in the June 12 print edition.

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