Funeral arrangements set for fallen Fort Wayne officer

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David A. Tinsley

Funeral arrangements have been set for a Fort Wayne Police officer who died in the line of duty earlier this week.

David A. Tinsley, a 16-year veteran of the department, died of a heart disease attack after chasing down a suspect Monday night. Tinsley had chased a suspect onto a pathway near Fairfield Avenue and Airport Expressway and was walking back to his cruiser after an arrest was made when he collapsed.

Police Chief Steve Reed called Tinsley “a cop’s cop,” known for his kindness and work ethic and whose name was only heard “in good light.” After his death, condolences poured in from around the community, including from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, Mayor Tom Henry and others.

Tinsley is survived by his wife, Kristina, and three children.

A calling will be held Sunday from 3-7 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 917 W. Jefferson Blvd. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the church, with another calling one-hour prior.

Tinsley will be buried at Lindenwood Cemetery.

The Fort Wayne Police Department has established the following procession route:

Funeral Procession Route:

From the church east on Jefferson to Broadway. South on Broadway to Rudisill. East on Rudisill to Lafayette. North on Lafayette to Berry. West on Berry to Fairfield. North on Fairfield to Main. West on Main to Lindenwood Cemetery. 

The department said significant traffic delays should be expected during the services and funeral procession.

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