FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The Fort Wayne Police Department released the officers' names involved in a police-related shooting.
Saturday afternoon, Fort Wayne Police say officers Cameron Norris and John Drummer pulled over a red SUV for a traffic stop near Congress Avenue and Gaywood Drive.
Police say that's when the driver and passenger got out and ran from the officers.
Police shot and killed 19-year-old Tavontae Jamar Haney, also known as TJ.
"We want you to know do not ever, ever run. That whatever you have on you, whatever you have done, once you begin to run, that places you in harm's way," NAACP President Reverend Saharra Bledsoe said.
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," Chief York said.
According to police, a handgun was located near Haney where he was shot.
Police say they are trained to use lethal force to prevent serious bodily injury or death to themselves or to another person. They stated the suspect confronted them. However, police aren't saying exactly why the officers felt it was necessary to use deadly force.
Witnesses say, it didn't have to end in death.
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.
NAACP says people want a credible investigation.
"We have now a mother who is grieving and wanting questions as to what happened to her child and as the President of the NAACP, I feel that it is my obligation and sworn duty to try to get her those answers," Reverend Bledsoe said.
Police have not found the driver.
Police have talked with several witnesses and are continuing to investigate.
The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, per department policy. The Allen County Prosecutor's office will determine if the actions taken by 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.
Saturday's shooting marks the third time in 2013 Fort Wayne police have used deadly force.
On March 20, police snipers shot a man in a house on Holton Street after he killed a woman who just exited a Citilink bus. Kenneth Knight had also taken a 3-year-old boy hostage inside the home.
On February 20, an FWPD police officer shot an armed man in the stairwell of an apartment on Hobson Road after the suspect threatened the officer with a semi-automatic weapon. Investigators said Stephen O'Neal Wattley, II attempted to rob a pharmacy on East State Boulevard before he led the officer into a stairwell of an apartment complex. The prosecutor's office did not file charges in the incident stating the officer's use of force was justified.
Anyone with information about Saturday's incident should contact the Fort Wayne Police Department or Crime Stoppers.
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