Man sentenced for chase that led up to FWPD officer’s death

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Patrick Anthony Faiers

The man who led Fort Wayne police on a foot chase that preceded an officer’s death has been sentenced.

Patrick A. Faiers was sentenced to three years in prison for charges of felony burglary, resisting police and driving after a lifetime suspension of his license. The 49-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

Officer David A. Tinsley helped chase Faiers down Sept. 10 after the suspect crashed a vehicle that was reported stolen. Tinsley, his police dog and an officer in training searched on foot before Faiers was arrested in a wooded area.

Tinsley collapsed after Faiers was captured. The 50-year-old died later at a hospital.

An autopsy found that the 16-year Fort Wayne police veteran had died of cardiovascular disease.

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