Police ID suspect shot by officer near north-side motels


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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — An officer shot a suspect who reportedly fired a shot after a foot chase near a motel on Fort Wayne’s north side Monday afternoon.

Fort Wayne Police were called to the Travelodge at 5710 block of Challenger Parkway on a report of a disturbance with a party armed.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena said an officer arrived and approached a suspect, who then took off on foot. The officer chased after man and eventually apprehended him near the Wyndham Garden Hotel next door.

As the officer worked to apprehend the man, though, he opened fire on the officer, Rosales-Scatena said. The officer then returned fire and struck the person.

Video of the incident shared with WANE 15 appears to show four shots being fired, two back-to-back followed by another two back-to-back.

The suspect – described as an adult male – was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was listed with life-threatening injuries, Rosales-Scatena said.

A gun was recovered at the scene that Rosales-Scatena said belonged to the suspect.

On Tuesday, Fort Wayne Police identified the suspect as 43-year-old Lance E. Morningstar. The department said Morningstar was still hospitalized in life-threatening condition.

Lance E. Morningstar

The officer was not identified and was uninjured. No other injuries were reported.

It’s not clear why the suspect was at the motel.

The two motels – the Travelodge and the Wyndham Garden Hotel – were being guarded by police. Police tape surrounded the Wyndham Garden Hotel.

Indiana State Police were also on scene and conducting their own investigation of the incident as is standard for any officer involved shooting with the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Morningstar has a long criminal record, including convictions for drugs and invasion of privacy. He was most recently arrested Sept. 25 on a felony charge of Theft of a Firearm, according to court records.

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