Police: Shooting at Fort Wayne apartment complex was in self-defense; no charges expected


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne Police said the person who was taken into custody after a shooting at a Fort Wayne apartment complex Sunday night will not face charges.

FWPD’s police told WANE 15’s Briana Brownlee that as of now the former suspect’s story aligns with evidence and it may be ruled as self-defense.

“I don’t know how the interview progressed or what he said, but the possibility of a self-defense statement may be part of it, that would be my guest,” said Sgt. Jeremy Webb, spokesman for FWPD. “It might be a self-defense claim. I don’t know what evidence substantiated that, but obviously they felt they didn’t have enough to charge him based on the evidence they had at the time.”

Sgt. Webb added that this does not mean that futures charges can’t be filed, it all depends on what police discover during their investigation.

“If evidence surfaces that substantiated that what he said isn’t true or contradicts what he said, it’s a possibility,” Sgt. Webb said. “At this point the evidence is supporting what he is saying. If evidence leads elsewhere he can be charged down the road.”

The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. along River Run Trail in the Woodbridge Apartments complex.

Police said a woman called 911 and said her boyfriend had been shot. Officers found the victim at a home in the 5700 block of River Run Trail.

Medics took the man to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. Doctors immediately took him into surgery.

Several witnesses said they saw a gray Toyota Corolla speed from the shooting scene. A vehicle matching that description was located at a house in the 4400 block of Tamarack Drive.

A resident let officers search the home for a suspect, but they did not find anyone.

A short time later, a person called 911 and said he wanted to turn himself in. Officers took him into custody for an interview with detectives.

On Monday, Fort Wayne Police said the person has not been charged and “no charges are being filed.” It’s not clear why.

The person was not identified.

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.

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