18-year-old killed in Weisser Park Avenue area
FORT WAYNE—At approximately 7 p.m., June 23, Fort Wayne police responded to the 2500 block of Weisser Park Avenue on multiple reports of shots being fired in that immediate area. Once on scene, officers located an unresponsive male down in a vacant lot between two homes on the east side of Weisser Park Avenue.
The victim of an apparent shooting, medic and fire personnel pronounced the male, later identified as 18-year-old Sean Walker, dead at the scene.
Detectives have very little to go on at this time and canvassed the area looking for anyone that might have witnessed the incident.
The Fort Wayne Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in helping us determine who might be responsible for this apparent shooting. Information can be given by calling Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP (436-7867).
This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Coroner’s office and the Allen County Prosecutors office.
Barricaded man taken in for medical evaluation
FORT WAYNE—At approximately 11:55 p.m., June 26, Fort Wayne police responded to a 911 call from the suspect who indicated to call-takers that he wanted to harm himself and also would harm any officer that approached his residence.
On arrival, the suspect, a 25-year-old male, was acting out in a very strange manner as officer tried to communicate with him at a safe distance. At one point during the standoff a less-than-lethal beanbag round was deployed but did not have the desired effect. The suspect retreated back into his upstairs apartment and FWPD’s CRT and EST teams were summoned to handle the incident.
Several attempts were made to convince the suspect to exit his residence but failed and after approximately two hours and 40 minutes, the decision was made to deploy two distraction devices at the front and rear doors of the home. Immediately following the detonation of those devices, the suspect exited his apartment and surrendered to EST team members without incident. He was transported to a local hospital for medical evaluation.
This incident was handled by the Fort Wayne Police Department with assistance from Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.
FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Police Department graduated its 60th basic recruit class June 27, in the auditorium of the Public Safety Academy.
The recruit class started their journey on Feb. 6, compiling more than 850 hours of classroom and practical instruction. Thirteen males and two females remain out of an original class size of 22-recruits.
Public Safety Director Rusty York, Chief of Police Garry Hamilton, Councilman Geoff Paddock, and Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Executive Director Rusty Goodpaster were on hand to speak at the ceremony.
In June 2013, the Fort Wayne City Council approved a tax increase that allowed for the department to move forward in initiating the recruitment process. The department is authorized to a staff of 460 officers but due to a large number of retirements fell below that number.