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Resident shot in robbery attempt identified

Authorities have identified an apartment resident shot and injured Monday during an attempted home invasion that, police say, resulted in the death of a would-be robber.

The resident, Damarcus A. Thomas, 29, was in serious condition Wednesday with a gunshot wound to his face, Fort Wayne police said.

The home invasion attempt occurred Monday morning at 1680 Reed Road in the Black Bear Creek apartment complex on the city’s northeast side. When officers arrived, they found Williams and the would-be robber, Sylvanus T. Williams, with gunshot wounds.

A woman and child, who live in the unit with Thomas, were not hurt, police said.

Williams, 36, died at the scene. His death was declared the 40th homicide in Allen County this year, the county coroner’s office said.

Police have not said who shot Williams or Thomas, and Thomas has not been charged with a crime.

A second would-be robber fled, and he remains at large. Police have not released a description of him.

Williams, who was from Indianapolis and once lived in Fort Wayne, was convicted of seven felonies in Allen County between 1995 and 1999, including several gun offenses. Also in Allen County, Thomas was convicted of felony cocaine possession in 2006 and again in 2007, prison records show.

Detectives are not able to say whether the robbery attempt was random, police said.

aingersoll@jg.net

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