Man arrested for homicide released, new arrest made


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne Police have released Tommy Lyles, 56, following the discovery of evidence and witnesses that exonerates him in the shooting death of a man last week.

FWPD released a statement saying that “the charges against Tommy Lyles were immediately dismissed and Lyles was released from custody following the discovery of this additional information.”

After additional investigation and surveillance, detectives report that they have arrested Eric Tate, 59, in the Sept. 22 death of 53-year-old James Jeffery Hines of Fort Wayne.

Hines was found down in the 600 block of East Lewis Street, near Hanna Street, around 11:20 p.m.

Police were called to the area on a report of a man down. Medics took him to a local hospital in critical condition.

On Monday then, the Allen County Coroner’s Office said Hines had been shot and critically hurt. He was hospitalized until his death Wednesday.

An autopsy found he died of gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

On Wednesday, Fort Wayne Police Homicide officers along with Vice Narcotics and Gang and Violent Crimes officers arrested Tate at the Sunoco gas station at US 30 and 469 and he was taken into custody without incident.

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