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Police and fire

  • Fatal crash near State & Coliseum
    A motorcyclist was speeding and doing a wheelie when he collided with a left-turning pickup truck on State Boulevard this afternoon, according to police.
  • Motorcyclist hurt in crash with car
    A male motorcyclist suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the hospital in critical condition Monday afternoon after his Suzuki collided with a Buick at a west-central intersection.
  • iAB Financial Bank in Grabill robbed
    A man robbed the iAB Financial Bank in Grabill this morning, making off with an undisclosed amount of money and fleeing in a two-door car driven by another man, Allen County police said today.
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Saturday death ruled homicide

The death of a man Saturday after an apparent fight has been ruled Allen County's second homicide this year.

Darrell King, 45, of Fort Wayne, died from "asphyxia due to neck compression and position," according to a statement Sunday from the Allen County Coroner's Office. Homicide is a death from the actions of another person. An autopsy was performed Sunday afternoon.

Police responded about 5:15 p.m. to a home in the 2000 block of Gladstone Drive and found an unresponsive man. Medics took the man, later identified as King, to a local hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead shortly after 6 p.m., according to the coroner's office.

A fight between King and another man occurred before police were called to the home on Fort Wayne's south side, according to a police statement. What the fight was about is unclear. Saturday night police said they had detained a person of interest for questioning.

No charges have been filed, police spokesman Officer Chris Felton said Sunday. Gang activity was not suspected in the death, which remains under investigation, Felton said.

King's death is the first homicide this year within city limits. The other county homicide this year occurred Jan. 19 when Damian J. Miller II, 32, was shot dead outside the Dupont Bar and Grill.

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