FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne Police have made an arrest in the killing of at least one person found shot to death inside a home that caught fire last week.
J. Trinidad Ramirez II, 31, faces a charge of Murder in the killing of 37-year-old Marcos Ildefonso Casares, who was pulled along with two others from a house fire in the North Highlands neighborhood on April 10.
Casares died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide. The deaths of two others – Doak Stanley McBride, 51, and Kyle Gregory Call, 32 – are pending.
According to court documents, Ramirez and several others were at the home in the 1800 block of Rosemont Drive. A witness told police that Casares pulled a gun on Ramirez during a fight but dropped it. Ramirez picked up the gun and shot the victim multiple times.
After the shooting, investigators believe Ramirez used a blanket to set the house on fire. During a police interrogation Ramirez denied any wrong doing. He told police everyone was still alive when he left the home.
Sgt. Tim Hughes, the head of FWPD’s homicide division, said over the past few months, officers have responded to multiple calls for help at this home.
Police said Wednesday that homicide detectives interviewed several people and were led to Ramirez and another person. Out of that, Ramirez was arrested, police said.
The other person was not named and it’s not clear if they’ll face charges, as well.