The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the Fort Wayne police and fire departments, said today it was offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for two homicides and an arson fire at 3215 Senate Ave. on July 18.
Fort Wayne firefighters responded that morning to a house fire at the Senate Avenue address. Shortly after extinguishing the blaze, the bodies of Terry Lagrone, 41, and Desiree Sheets, 19, were located inside the home, and a subsequent follow-up investigation revealed that both victims had been shot. Additionally, it has been determined the fire inside the residence had been intentionally set.
“This was a vicious and senseless act of violence and those responsible need to be caught and held accountable for their actions,” said Christopher “CJ” Hyman, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Columbus Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in a statement.
“We ask the community to provide any information that would lead investigators to those who are responsible,” Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York said in the statement. “This type of crime cannot be tolerated and we are committed to utilizing resources from all of our law enforcement partners in resolving this matter.”
“The act of arson not only jeopardizes the lives of the general public, but to those first responders as well,” Fort Wayne Fire Chief Amy Biggs said in the statement.
Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF at (260) 424-4440, Fort Wayne police at (260) 436-7867 or Fort Wayne firefighters at (260) 427-1478. Callers may remain anonymous.