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Police and fire

  • Driver crashes, dies after police chase
    Debris and wreckage littered the highway Wednesday as a section of Airport Expressway was closed for the evening after a violent crash left one man dead at the end of a police pursuit.
  • Wheelie leads to collision
    The woman sat on the sidewalk, smothering her face in towels and tissues as three men put their arms around her. Just up the street, amid the destroyed motorcycle and debris littering the road, was her son.
  • Area near I-469, Auburn Road reopens after gas leak
    The roads around Interstate 469 and Auburn Road have been cleared and reopened after a construction crew hit a gas line this morning, requiring patients and staff from two medical buildings to be evacuated for a time, Fort Wayne firefighters said.
Courtesy Allen County Sheriff's Department
Jamel Coleman

Tips lead to suspect in fatal store shooting

FORT WAYNE – Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting of Antonio L. Niño, who was killed during an armed robbery April 7 at the tobacco shop he owned.

Fort Wayne police announced Wednesday morning they had arrested Jamel Coleman, 22, and that he faced preliminary charges of felony murder, murder and armed robbery causing death.

Coleman was arrested by the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force in Indianapolis as he was getting off a Greyhound bus.

Deputy Police Chief Paul Shrawder said police had been actively searching for Coleman based on tips and anonymous Crime Stopper reports that the perpetrator seen in surveillance video of Niño's robbery was Coleman. Another Crime Stopper report told police Coleman was on a bus to Indianapolis on Tuesday evening – which lead to police waiting for him at the bus station. He was arrested without incident and transported back to Allen County.

Niño, who recently turned 44, died at a hospital from one or more gunshot wounds after he was found in critical condition at The Smoke House Tobacco Outlet at 2217 Lafayette St. His death is the third homicide this year in Allen County and the second within Fort Wayne's city limits. Niño is survived by his wife and three other children. His death led to a candlelight vigil outside the shop that drew 150 people.

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