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Officer shoots man after pulling over moped

– A Fort Wayne police officer shot and seriously wounded a man during a brief foot pursuit on the city’s southeast side Saturday night, a police spokesman said.

About 9 p.m., the officer pulled over a moped at East Leith and South Hanna streets.

The man riding the moped fled on foot, and shortly afterward, the officer fired his department-issued handgun at the man, hitting him, officer Christopher Adams said.

Medics and other police officers were dispatched to the corner, and they found the man who appeared to have been shot. Medics treated him at the scene before taking him to a hospital in serious condition, Adams said.

Police found a gun, which was not a police weapon, near where the pursuit on foot occurred, Adams said.

Other than that, police did not release details to explain why the officer shot at the man.

Kayla Chagoya, 22, said she was in her house at the corner of Leith and Hanna when she heard gunshots.

“We heard boom, boom, boom, and I grabbed my son,” she said.

She looked out and saw one officer, and then squad cars started flooding her neighborhood. “I don’t know if I want to be here any more,” the mother of five said.

Police did not release the reason for the traffic stop, how many shots the officer fired or how many times the moped driver was shot.

The police officer and the moped driver were not identified.

aingersoll@jg.net

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