Coroner: 74-year-old man found dead in SW Fort Wayne home was shot in the head

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A man found dead in a southwest Fort Wayne home on Monday was shot in the head, the Allen County Coroner’s Office has determined.

Police and medics were called around 1 p.m. to the home in the 3600 block of Turf Lane, off Aboite Center Road, on a “problem unknown.” There, a man was found dead inside.

Investigators at the time called the death “suspicious,” but few details were released.

On Wednesday, the coroner’s office said 74-year-old Kenneth Ralph Behny had died from a gunshot wound to the head, and his death was ruled a homicide.

One family member told WANE 15 that this is a very sensitive time for the family and they need time to process what is happening. Neighbors in the area who knew Behny said he was a very nice man with a gentle soul.

One neighbor who didn’t know Behny is still concerned that something like this happened so close to his home.

“It’s a little bit freaky, we’re not used to that, it’s a nice quiet neighborhood,” said Kip Smith, one of Behny’s neighbors. “A lot of people are out walking and we pretty much recognize everybody. Didn’t expect to hear that.”

It’s unclear if police have leads or any suspects in the case. WANE 15’s Briana Brownlee reached out to Fort Wayne Police multiple times and have not received a response.

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