Suspect dies after police chase atop rail cars

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A man who went into cardiac arrest after a police foot chase Sunday has died.

Around 4:15 Sunday afternoon, Fort Wayne Police Department officers responded to the LKQ “Pick Your Part” auto parts business located at 4820 Moeller Road.

A caller had contacted 911 to report that a man with a warrant out of Miami County, Indiana was at the location and possibly driving a stolen pickup truck.

A responding officer observed the vehicle that was described by the caller in the parking lot of the auto parts business. The officer concealed his presence by parking his marked cruiser on the parking lot of an adjacent business and waited for the suspect to leave. Additional officers arrived and set up surveillance in the area.

A short time later two females exited the business along with a male pushing a wheelbarrow and approached the suspect’s vehicle.

Officers approached the three individuals to make the apprehension, but the male pushing the wheelbarrow was an employee of the business and not the suspect Brent Graber.

Graber, 38, of Peru, Ind., was still inside the business and saw the officers in the parking lot. Graber fled out a back door and was able to make it over a security fence on the south side of the property. Officers then chased him along two sets of railroad tracks.

Graber climbed onto a stopped train and ran back-and-forth on top of the cars refusing to climb down. The suspect eventually climbed into an empty coal car where officers were able to make contact with him.

Once in custody Graber collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. Officers administered CPR until fire personnel were able to remove him from the interior of the coal car. Medic’s transported him to a local hospital in critical condition.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office is still investigating the exact cause of Graber’s death.

Graber was wanted out of Miami County for Theft and Home Improvement Fraud.

The two females who were with Graber were placed under arrest, one for an active warrant and the second for possession of narcotics.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Coroner’s Office, and the Allen County Prosecutor’s office.

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