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.
At approximately 4:49, May 31, officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department were dispatched to the area of Broadway and Taylor Street in reference to a shooting. Officers arrived on the scene and learned the that the adult victim had been transported to a local hospital in a private vehicle. The victim was reported to be in critical condition at a local hospital. After medical treatment, the victim was later updated to serious, but stable condition.
By Clifford DeWells—Once again, this community has had to suffer the news of the loss of another young man’s life, leaving his mother to grieve—a modern day Rachel, weeping for her son because he is not. Frost Illustrated has this year featured many articles written by concerned residents about the violence in Fort Wayne. Mainly, those articles have focused on two themes: Root cause of the senseless violence and solutions to the same. I would like to address both.
At approximately 4:23 p.m., May 16, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 3200 block of Oliver Street in reference to a shooting investigation. As officers and paramedics arrived on the scene, they located a male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced the victim, later identified as 20-year-old Shane Jamal Stephens, as deceased.
At approximately 11:37 p.m., May 28, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 1300 block of Huron Street on a report of a male shot. Officers arrived and located an adult male, later identified as 32-year-old Ryann K. Trejo, lying in a front yard, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Officers began CPR on Trejo until relieved by Fort Wayne Fire Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority personnel.
FORT WAYNE—At approximately 10:23 p.m., May 29, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 5000 block of Wisteria Lane in reference a domestic battery in progress. Initial information indicated two family members were actively involved in a physical altercation. While officers were responding to the scene, dispatch advised police officials that one of the family members involved in the altercation obtained a firearm and shot the other family member.
FORT WAYNE—At approximately 4:23 p.m., May 16, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 3200 block of Oliver Street in reference to a shooting investigation. As officers and paramedics arrived on the scene, they located a male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced the victim, later identified as 20-year-old Shane Jamal Stephens, as deceased.
On April 27, 2013 at approximately 1549 hours officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department attempted to stop a red SUV in a routine traffic stop at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Gaywood Drive. The two occupants of the suspect vehicle fled the traffic stop on foot. Police officers gave chase. The driver of the vehicle was able to evade police on foot and remains at large at this time. The passenger of the vehicle fled the scene and led officers on a short foot pursuit through the neighborhood. During the pursuit the suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Tavontae Jamar Haney, confronted police and was fatally shot. There was a firearm located in close proximity to the suspect’s body where he fell.
A number of local activists, including representatives of the Fort Wayne Branch of the NAACP are raising questions about the April 27 fatal police shooting of 19-year-old Tavontae Jamar Haney. According to police reports, Haney was shot during a foot pursuit after police officers stopped the vehicle in which he was riding. According to police reports, Haney fled the vehicle after an initial traffic stop and brandished a weapon during the pursuit and subsequently was shot and killed.