Crime & Safety: April 2-8 edition

| March 30, 2014

Reports courtesy of Mike Joyner, Public Information Officer, City of Fort Wayne Police Department

Teen killed in crash caused by man fleeing shooting incident

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 12:04 a.m, March 29, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the intersection of Stellhorn Road and Hobson Road in reference to a vehicle crash with injuries.Officers arrived and located the two crash vehicles south of the intersection on Hobson Road.

The driver of the vehicle that was traveling eastbound Stellhorn Road was unconscious and unresponsive when officers arrived.Paramedics and fire personnel pronounced the victim, later identified as Haley M. Nellum, 17, deceased at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle that was traveling southbound Hobson Road was able to exit the vehicle.His passenger was trapped in the vehicle and required assistance from the Fort Wayne Fire Department exiting the vehicle.

Paramedics transported the driver to a local hospital in fair condition and his passenger to a local hospital in serious condition.

Just prior to the vehicle crash, at approximately 12:01 a.m., officers were dispatched to 3215 St. Joe Center Road, the Corner Pocket Pub, on reports that a subject had been firing a weapon.Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and observed two vehicles exit the parking lot southbound at a high rate of speed.

Shortly after the vehicle crash, a shooting victim arrived at the Parkview Hospital Emergency Room at 2200 Randallia Drive. Officers observed the vehicle the victim was transported to the hospital in had a bullet holes on its exterior.The shooting victim was transported by paramedics from Parkview Randallia to another local hospital in serious condition.  The victim told detectives he was in the parking lot of the Corner Pocket Pub when he was shot.

Preliminary reports indicate these three investigations are related. It appears the occupants of the vehicle that caused the crash were involved in an altercation at the Corner Pocket Pub. One of the occupants in the suspect vehicle allegedly fired gunshots in the parking lot that struck the shooting victim. The suspect vehicle then fled the parking lot southbound at a high rate of speed. Witnesses reported the vehicle disregarded the red stoplight at the intersection of Stellhorn Road and Hobson Road and struck the vehicle in which Nellum was traveling on eastbound Stellhorn Road.

Detectives are currently interviewing witnesses and have the suspect, Jeremy D. Washington, 35, in custody. Alcohol was determined to be a factor in this fatal vehicle crash. At press time, Washington was being held on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated causing death, aggravated battery and criminal recklessness causing serious bodily injury.

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.

Man killed after being struck by two vehicles

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 10:48 p.m., March 29, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the intersection of Lake Avenue and Coliseum Boulevard in reference a critical injury crash involving a pedestrian. Officers arrived on the scene and located the victim lying in the middle of the roadway. The victim was unconscious and unresponsive when officers located him. Paramedics pronounced him deceased at the scene.

Initial reports indicate the victim was walking eastbound attempting to cross Coliseum Boulevard just south of Lake Avenue. The victim entered the roadway and walked into the path of a vehicle traveling on southbound Coliseum Blvd. Witnesses reported the victim attempted to stand up after being struck by the first vehicle. While trying to stand up, the victim was struck by a second vehicle traveling on southbound Coliseum Blvd.

The drivers of both vehicles were on scene when officers arrived.

Investigators interviewed both drivers and additional witnesses. It has not been determined if alcohol or drug consumption on part of the victim or either driver was a contributing factor in the crash. Per protocol, both drivers were transported from the scene for standard alcohol/drug screenings.

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.

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

Negotiators secure 16-year-old threatening suicide

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 7:48 a.m., March 21, officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department were dispatched to a residence located in the 3500 block of Dicke Road in reference to a 16-year-old subject who had barricaded himself inside a bedroom while threatening to commit suicide. As officers were speaking with the subject through an open window, they observed the subject to be armed with a knife. Officers with the Emergency Services Team and the Crisis Response Team were dispatched to the scene. Officers with the Crisis Response Team negotiated with the subject for several hours before the subject was taken into custody. The subject was transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutors Office.

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