FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The killing of a 23-year-old man at a southeast side apartment complex Monday might have been an ambush, according to newly released Allen County Superior Court documents.
Fort Wayne Police arrested 19-year-old Michael Glover on a preliminary count of murder. Glover was also charged with unlawful possession of a handgun with a prior felony conviction, and possession of marijuana.
The Allen County Coroner identified the man killed as Jaiyvian Rashad Hamilton, determining that he died from a gunshot wound to his chest and ruling his death a homicide.
According to court documents, Hamilton seemed normal when he knocked on his friend’s apartment door Monday afternoon.
When the friend opened the door, though, he saw a second man wearing all black with a ski mask standing behind Hamilton. That’s when the masked man, identified in court documents as Glover, fired two shots, at least one of which ultimately killed Hamilton.
Surveillance video before the incident showed a speeding silver Chevrolet Impala park at a One Stop Shop convenience store– and Glover was driving. He put a weapon described as a small-style rifle under his shirt, which he then revealed to the cashier inside, court documents said.
Later that day, surveillance video at the apartment complex shows the moments leading up to the shooting– two men following Hamilton as he made his way to the apartment. After the incident, the Impala sped away from the scene and parked at an undisclosed location so the men inside could switch vehicles to a gray Buick, as witnessed by undercover officers, court documents said.
Police pulled over the Buick at Hessen Cassel Road and Mono Gene Drive, due to the car having dark-tinted windows. The detective noted in court documents suspicious behavior and saw loose marijuana “shake” on the driver’s side floorboard. He saw more of it in a hand-rolled cigarette, along with a handgun under the front passenger seat where Glover was sitting.
The two men were taken to the police station for questioning. After first denying he ever left his apartment that day, the man with Glover admitted Glover drove with him in an Impala to the One Stop Shop and then to the Villages of Hanna apartment complex, where Glover was seeing his girlfriend, the court documents recorded.
Glover said he was at the apartment complex when he saw Hamilton, who he called “Jai/Flats.” Glover said he asked for a cigarette and followed Hamilton in the building, but ran back outside when he heard gunshots and left the area.
When questioned about the rifle witnesses had said he was carrying, Glover said he was carrying an empty glass bottle of tequila shaped like a gun. He denied having a gun when he went inside, adding after leaving the complex he went to his father’s house on Maple Avenue and left the bottle there.
According to court documents, his father refuted that, even saying Glover had the “liquor bottle gun” for about three weeks beforehand.
Fort Wayne Police were called to Monday’s shooting just before 1 p.m. in the 1400 block of Greene Street, inside the Villages of Hanna apartment complex. Dispatch had received a report “that a friend was shot”, police said in a release, along with “numerous” other calls that people heard shots fired.
According to police, officers arrived to find Hamilton in the apartment’s living room suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hamilton’s death is the 16th homicide in Allen County this year.