FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The Fort Wayne Police Department released the names of the two officers involved in the shooting that killed a 19-year-old man on Spatz Avenue Saturday afternoon.
- Officer Cameron Norris – commissioned on August 27, 2010
- Officer John Drummer - commissioned on October 12, 1995
According to police, the two officers attempted a traffic stop on a red SUV near Congress Avenue and Gaywood Drive just before 4 p.m. Saturday. Police said an unidentified driver and one passenger ran from officers following the traffic stop.
The passenger in the SUV led officers on a short pursuit on foot through the neighborhood before he was confronted by police and fatally shot, according to Officer Jeremy Webb, a FWPD spokesperson.
The Allen County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Tavontae J. Haney, 19, of Fort Wayne.
Webb said a handgun was located near Haney where he was shot.
Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York said officers were aware Haney was armed.
"The officers knew he was armed when they initiated a foot pursuit and he maintained that weapon throughout the foot pursuit," York said.
However, witnesses who spoke to NewsChannel 15 said Haney complied with directives from police.
"They told him to stop, so he stopped and put his hands up," 12-year-old David Jackson, Jr. said.
Clifton Mauricio recalled the situation similar to Jackson's statement.
"They told him to put his hands up and they just started shooting him," Mauricio said.
Police said they have talked to several witnesses and are continuing to investigate.
Officers Norris and Drummer have been placed on administrative leave, per department policy. The Allen County Prosecutor's office will determine if the actions taken by the FWPD officers were justified.
The incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana State Police, Allen County Prosecutor's Office and Allen County Coroner's Office.
Haney's death marks the 16th homicide in Allen County for 2013.
Police said the driver of the SUV eluded officers Saturday and remains at large.
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