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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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dstockman@jg.net

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