Court doc: Fight over Facebook post led to fatal shooting at Fort Wayne hotel


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A Fort Wayne man arrested and held on a murder charge reportedly shot a man over a Facebook post, according to court records.

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Joseph Rose was arrested on Tuesday.

Joseph Rose is being held in Allen County Lockup on a preliminary charge of murder related to a fatal shooting of 22-year-old Myquel L. Middlebrook of Fort Wayne at the Hawthorn Suites long-stay hotel at at 4919 Lima Road on Tuesday.

According to a probable cause affidavit released Wednesday, witnesses told police that Rose, referred to as “Doc,” and Middlebrook were all sharing a room at the hotel when one of the witnesses began arguing with Middlebrook over a Facebook post, and told him to collect his things and leave.

At that point, witnesses said Rose became enraged with Middlebrook and threatened to shoot him with a blue and black handgun. One of the witnesses said that Middlebrook shouted at Rose, “Go ahead and shoot me!,” which he then did, the affidavit said.

After the altercation, Rose reportedly ran from the scene, crawled through a hole in a fence, and toward neighboring Raytheon, where he got into a black Jeep.

Fort Wayne Police found Rose hiding in the vehicle later Tuesday, and arrested him.

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