FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A Fort Wayne man is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, after shooting at a Fort Wayne police officer Friday evening, according to department spokesperson Officer Jason Anthony.
Fort Wayne police were initially called to a domestic disturbance in the 3100 block of Harrison Street, according to Anthony.
Anthony said the officer, Treven Brown, spotted a man matching the description of someone possibly involved in the dispute in the 2800 block of Harrison Street.
Brown stopped to speak with the individual, Daniel L. Spells, 33, Fort Wayne.
Anthony said Spells provided identification to the officer. Brown observed Spells' body language and felt he could be armed.
At that point, Spells pulled a handgun from his waistband and began shooting at Brown, according to Anthony who was citing case notes.
Brown was holding Spells' arm as he was shooting.
During the struggle, Brown was able to get Spells to the ground while he was still shooting, according to Anthony. Brown eventually took the gun away from Spells and placed him under arrest as other officers began arriving.
"This was most certainly a deadly force encounter," Anthony said, "The officer used what resources he had and did what he needed to do to protect himself and protect the community."
Brown was not hit by any bullets. Anthony said a passing car on Harrison Street was hit by a bullet, but no one was injured. Brown sustained a cut to his hand.
Anthony was not sure if Brown had returned to work.
After the incident, it was determined Spells was not involved in the domestic dispute, but investigators have not said why Spells acted the way he did towards the officer.
Currently, Spells is charged with attempted murder, criminal recklessness, possession of a handgun without a license and resisting law enforcement. He is the Allen County Jail without bond and is due in court Monday morning for his initial court appearance.
Court records indicate Spells has a criminal history involving law enforcement. In April 1999, Spells was convicted for possession of cocaine and resisting law enforcement.
In Feb. 2007, Spells was convicted of resisting law enforcement and released from jail in Oct. 2008.
In Feb. 2010, Spells was convicted of carrying a handgun without a license. He was released from jail in January.
A previous version of this story indicated Spells was charged with murder. The Allen County Jail confirmed Monday morning Spells has been charged with attempted murder.
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