Fort Wayne police fire at man armed with handgun after responding to reports of ‘disturbance’

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne police tell WANE 15 that “one or more” officers fired at a man armed with a handgun Friday night on Lemonwood Court, which is in a neighborhood off Cook and Coldwater Roads near Northrop High School.

The person who was shot was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Fort Wayne police.

Officers were called to the 800 block of Lemonwood Court at 7:43 p.m. on reports of a disturbance involving suicidal threats. When officers arrived, they made contact with an adult man who was armed with a handgun. Police say one or more officers fired at the man, who was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

WANE 15 asked for more details of what exactly led the officers to fire their weapons.

“It is still very early in the investigation and more details will be available later as investigators go through all the available evidence,” Sgt. Ben Messick responded to WANE 15 in an email.

It’s also still unclear whether the man fired his gun. Friday evening, police were still interviewing other people involved in the incident, along with witnesses, and collecting evidence at the scene.

No officers or bystanders were hurt.

Large police presence on Lemonwood Court in Fort Wayne on January 7, 2022.

Around 8:15 p.m., WANE 15 counted at least a dozen Fort Wayne Police Department cars on Lemonwood Court.

The officer or officers involved in the shooting will be put on standard administrative leave while the investigation continues and to allow them to “cope with the traumatic incident,” Messick said in a media release.

The Indiana State Police will investigate the police action shooting.

WANE 15 will continue to update this story as more details become available.

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