FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — One man was hospitalized Monday night after an officer-involved shooting west of downtown Fort Wayne.
The shooting happened in the 1800 block of Main Street near the Nebraska Neighborhood. Numerous witnesses told WANE 15 that several shots were fired.
Officer Daniel Nerzig with FWPD said just after 9 p.m., dispatch received several calls that a man who had been removed from a bar was firing multiple shots with a handgun at surrounding buildings and cars. Officers arrived on the scene and the man was still firing his weapon. An interaction between an officer and the man caused the officer to discharge a weapon striking the man.
After officers discharged the weapon, the man was detained and officers started providing medical attention. He was then taken to a local hospital where he was said to be in life-threatening condition.
No officers or other individuals were injured in the incident.
Jon Shaffer, one of the people who called 911 to report the shooting, contacted WANE 15 and told us what he witnessed.
“A gentleman was walking across the street with a gun drawn, I was like oh boy and I sped up to get by him as soon as the light turned green and he popped a couple off in the direction of my vehicle and I kept driving, dialed 911,” he said.
Police believe that alcohol was a factor. The investigation is ongoing.