• Murder victims found at house fire scene
• Man found dead in backyard
• Two injured in shooting—one critical
• Juliette Ave. shooting investigation
• Police suspect man shot on Lillie Street
• Missing child returns home safe
The jury has spoken but the debate continues over the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin and the now successful legal claim of self-defense by neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman, who fired the fatal shot that killed Martin the night of Feb. 26, 2012. On July 13—more than a year after the shooting—a jury of six women found Zimmerman not guilty of a charge of second degree murder and not guilty of a last-minute considered charge of manslaughter.
At approximately 10:30 p.m., July 10. officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a 911 hang up call received by dispatchers. There was a female heard yelling on the line and then the call was disconnected. On re-call the line went straight to voice mail. The address of the phone call was ascertained through tracking the signal to the 2400 block of Juliette Avenue. Upon arrival Officers were able to determine that someone was shot. There was a slight language barrier.
At approximately 12:45 p.m., July 10, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the intersection of Lillie Street and McKinnie Avenue on an initial report of shots fired in the area. A caller reported hearing shots fired in the area, then seeing a male on the ground. The shooting victim fled the area in a vehicle prior to the arrival of first responders.
At approximately 4:54 p.m., July 2, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 4400 block of Smith Street in reference to a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and located two victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Paramedics arrived on scene and transported the victims to a local hospital.
Fort Wayne Police have made an arrest in connection with the June 9, 2013 shooting death of Jabron Q. Totton in a parking lot at the corner of Hanna and Lewis streets. Officers located Eric Jermaine Smith, 36 of Fort Wayne, and took him into custody without incident. Smith was transported to the Allen County Jail on a murder charge. The incident remains under investigation with the City of Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.
The Fort Wayne Police Department is presently investigating an armed robbery that occurred on June 22, 2013 at approximately 1:54 a.m. at 3833 S. Calhoun St., site of a BP Gas Station. It was reported that a black male entered the business brandishing a handgun and demanded money from the register. The perpetrator left the store walking ‘casually’ in a southeast direction from the front of the store.
At approximately 3:17 a.m., June 12, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a home in the 500 block of Pinegrove Lane reference a domestic disturbance wherein the suspect, an adult male, later identified as 23-year-old Charles R. Seals Jr., refused to surrender himself to police. Inside the home was the female resident and her child, who were believed to be held by the suspect. The Emergency Services Team (EST) and Crisis Response Team (CRT) responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.
At approximately 3:11 a.m., June 9, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the area of E. Lewis Street and S. Hanna Street on a report of a male shot. Officers arrived and located an adult male lying in the parking lot of the American Legion, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Officers tended to the victim, later identified as 37-year-old Jabron Totton, until relieved by Fort Wayne Fire Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority personnel.