Suspect in shooting death surrenders

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The man wanted in the November 2017 death of a man shot outside a home just south of downtown Fort Wayne turned himself into police.

Nickolas F. McKinley, 24, is charged with Reckless Homicide in the Nov. 7 death of Javon Sims. Police said Sims was standing outside a home at 2907 Smith St. around 1:10 a.m. when someone shot him.

Paramedics and police responded to the area and found Sims suffering from gunshots wounds. He was taken to a hospital in serious condition, but later died.

Police said investigators were talking to people in the area in an effort to get more information about what happened. No suspect information was available at the time, and police had not arrested anyone in connection with the shooting or established a motive.

On Monday then, police said McKinley was wanted in Sims’ death. It’s not clear how detectives tied McKinley to the crime, but police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Fort Wayne Police announced Tuesday that McKinley had turned himself in. In a press release, police said McKinley learned of his warrant and had two friends drive him from Cleveland, Ohio, to the Fort Wayne Police Department, where he surrendered.

McKinley will be arraigned in Allen Superior Court later.

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