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Police shooting of suspect ruled justified

Prosecutor says 19-year-old’s killing was in self-defense

Haney

The April 27 shooting death of 19-year-old Tavontae Haney by Fort Wayne police has been ruled justified by Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards.

On Wednesday, Richards issued a statement saying her office completed its review into Haney’s death and found that the officers fired in self-defense.

When Fort Wayne police officers pulled over a vehicle in which Haney was riding, he fled and was seen by a number of witnesses to be armed with a handgun.

Officers chased Haney, ordering him to drop the gun. According to witnesses, however, not only did Haney not drop the firearm, but he began to aim it toward officers, according to the release.

He was shot by police officers and died at the scene. The Indiana State Police and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office investigated the shooting, according to the release.

Haney’s death was the last one under review by Richards’ office from record-setting 2013. Of the 45 homicides investigated in Allen County last year, there were four police-action shootings as well as two additional homicides by civilians deemed to have been in self-defense.

Earlier this week, Richards cleared a resident of criminal wrongdoing in the October shooting of 33-year-old Ricardo Hood in the 300 block of Melita Street. Police believe he was breaking into a home when he was fatally shot.

rgreen@jg.net

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