Five injured in car chase, shootout
FORT WAYNE—At approximately 4:31 a.m., Feb. 16, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to 1800 block of Fox Point Trail on an unknown problem after the initial callers were not answering the call taker’s questions, to specifically describe the problem. Upon arrival, officers located two adult males outside suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Both males were taken to a local hospital in serious condition, where one male was later downgraded to critical condition.
At 4:51 a.m., the Fort Wayne Police Department was notified by a local hospital that two adult males were privately transported to the hospital, both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. One of these males was said to be in good condition, the other in serious but stable condition.
At 4:56 a.m., the Fort Wayne Police Department was notified by another local hospital that it too had an adult male transported privately there, also suffering from an apparent gunshot wounds. This male was said to be in good condition.
Upon searching the area, officers located evidence of an apparent disturbance in the intersection of E. Tillman Road and Lafayette Street. Officers found shell casings and broken glass, indicating some type of disturbance took place in this intersection, involving gunfire. There were no victims, vehicles, or witnesses located at this scene.
A subsequent investigation so far has revealed that a disturbance occurred at a local bar, involving two rival gangs. The rival gang members chased each other in vehicles to Lafayette Street and E. Tillman Road, where a shootout ensued. All of the victims are confirmed gang members.
It is too early to determine if this shooting is related to the previous shootings over the past few days. The name of the local bar will be released at a later time, after the investigation is complete. The gang’s names are also not being released at this time. The victims, however, later were identified as:
• Brandon Marcus Hardy, 31, of New Haven;
• Dawann Laray Martin Sr., 30, of Fort Wayne;
• Kavonte Lamar Bingham, 22, of Fort Wayne;
• Charles Louis Phillips Jr., 19, of Fort Wayne, and
• Christopher Lynn Ladd, 19, of Fort Wayne.
The Fort Wayne Police Department’s Gang and Violent Crimes Unit is working closely with Robbery/Homicide detectives to establish exactly what happened, and see to it that the proper charges are filed.
Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at (260) 427-1222, Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers, or use the anonymous reporting feature on www.fwpd.org. This incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Police seek to identify television theft
FORT WAYNE—Police officials are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the person in the accompanying surveillance photos that captured the likeness of an individual involved in the theft of two 50” LG televisions from the cafeteria of St. Joe Hospital Jan. 31. The theft was discovered the next day by employees.
If you have any information regarding this theft, call Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP (436-7867) or call the Fort Wayne Police Department non-emergency line at (260) 427-1222.
Five arrested after month-long investigation
FORT WAYNE—On Feb. 14, detectives of the FWPD Vice and Narcotics Division, assisted by the FWPD Emergency Services Team and the Allen County SWAT Team, served three separate search warrants as the result of a month-long investigation into the trafficking of narcotics.
As a result of this investigation, five people were arrested on a variety of charges. They are:
• Michael J. Williams on a charge of visiting a common nuisance;
• Stacy D. Martin on 10 counts of dealing cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine, one count of maintain a common nuisance and one count of possession of paraphernalia;
• Aaron L. Montgomery one count of dealing cocaine and one count of visiting a common nuisance;
• Jerry L. Thomas on one count of maintaining a common nuisance, one count of possession of paraphernalia and two counts of possession of stolen property, and
• Damarcus A. Thomas on four counts of dealing cocaine.
Detectives recovered a stolen handgun and a stolen shotgun during the warrant service. The search warrants were served in the 600 block of Archer, 1300 block of Fay and 11000 block of Saint Ives.
Baby critically injured in suspected battery incident
FORT WAYNE—At approximately 1:33 p.m., Feb. 15, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 1400 block of W. Wallen Road regarding a battery that reportedly had just occurred.
Officers arrived and located a two-month-old infant with injuries. The infant was taken to a local hospital, and was later deemed to be in critical condition.
The investigation is ongoing, as detectives and crime scene personnel try to piece together what happened. Crime scene personnel are processing the scene for any evidence. Detectives are currently interviewing witnesses and person of interest.
The Department of Child Services was also called to the scene and is also investigating.
At press time, there had been no arrests, nor any charges filed nor had any relationship between victim and person of interest been determined.
This incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.