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Prosecutor: Fatal police-action shooting in April justified

Tavontae Haney

Statement as issued Wednesday by Karen Richards, Allen County prosecuting attorney:

The Office of the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney has completed its review of the investigation surrounding the shooting that occurred on April 27, 2013, near 4314 Spatz Avenue, Fort Wayne, Indiana, which resulted in the death of Tavontae Haney.

Tavontae Haney was the front seat passenger in a car pursued by the Fort Wayne Police Department, due to the driver’s failure to yield at a stop sign. When the vehicle came to a stop, Tavontae Haney exited the car near the intersection of Congress and Gaywood, and he was seen by several civilian witnesses to be armed with a handgun. Officers pursued Haney and ordered him to drop his weapon at least two times. Civilian witnesses did confirm that Haney failed to drop his weapon and began to aim his weapon toward officers, at which time he was shot by Fort Wayne Police Department officers and died at the scene. This investigation was completed by the Indiana State Police and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Allen County Prosecutor’s Office has determined that law enforcement was justified in using deadly force, in that the Fort Wayne Police Department officers fired in self defense, and therefore no charges will be filed.

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