FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A husband shot his wife then himself in a northeast side neighborhood Tuesday.
Fort Wayne Police responded around 8:30 a.m. to a home at 4008 Willshire Estates Drive, in the area of Maplecrest Road and Brian Drive, near Trier Road, on a “problem unknown.”
A caller said a woman was outside of a home “bleeding very badly,” police said.
Authorities arrived and found a woman suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers were told a man in the home was armed with a rifle and had threatened to shoot others, so officers provided security for medics to approach the woman.
She was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.
The police department’s Emergency Services Team, Crisis Response Team, and Air Support Units were then called to the scene for assistance.
Officers attempted to make contact with the person, and an interpreter was brought in to overcome the language barrier. Police used sirens and a flash bang was used.
Communicators had a difficult time making contact with the person inside the home because there was no phone to contact the person, police said.
“Our first and foremost thing is to establish communication with an individual, if there truly is an individual inside, so the fact that there was no phone we are unable to establish communications,” said Public Information Officer, Mark Bieker. “We brought a translator to the scene, as well as we had some family members here that were trying to assist us, and making recordings so that we could establish communication, it wasn’t just in case there was an idea that the subject didn’t understand English that way we were covering all our bases,” Bieker explained.
Around 11 a.m. then, a drone and robot spotted a man lying unresponsive and medics went in and found him dead.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday the man – 42-year-old Than Zaw Oo of Fort Wayne – died of a gunshot wound to the chest and his death was ruled a suicide.
His wife has not been named.
In the area, a police SUV blocked the entrance to the neighborhood. Multiple roads in the neighborhood were blocked to traffic as police worked.
Police asked residents to avoid the area of Trier Road west of Maplecrest Road.