Police arrest 2 teens in connection with Tuesday’s shooting death


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The man slain in a shooting on the city’s south side Tuesday afternoon has been identified and police have arrested two teens believed to have killed him.

Police and medics were called around 4:10 p.m. to the parking lot of the Phillips 66 gas station at 218 E. Pettit Avenue, at the intersection with Calhoun Street on reports that a man had been shot. Officers arrived and found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound.

Police at the scene told WANE 15 that the victim actually drove to the gas station after being shot somewhere in the area of East Maple Grove Avenue and Avondale Drive. Reports of shots fire came into police from that location, police said.

The victim was listed in critical condition and taken to the hospital. There he died from his injuries.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office on Wednesday identified him as 19-year-old Jaden Diaz Lee Nelson of Fort Wayne. An autopsy found he died of a gunshot wound to the torso and his death was ruled a homicide.

Ronnie Miles Jr.

During the investigation a juvenile male was taken into custody as a person of interest to interview.

Wednesday afternoon Fort Wayne police notified the media that Ronnie Miles Jr., 19, and a 16-year-old juvenile had been arrested for the killing. Miles faces charges of murder, felony murder, robbery and criminal recklessness. The 16-year-old faces charges of robbery and felony murder.

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