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Police and fire

Chris Meyers | The Journal Gazette
Police tape surrounds the scene of a fatal stabbing at the Clark station at Wayne Trace and Drexel Avenue on Thursday as officers investigate the death.

1 dies in gas station fight

Person of interest questioned; motive still unknown

The Journal Gazette

– Police were interviewing a man Thursday night after a fight at a Fort Wayne gas station left another man dead.

About 8:20 p.m., police were called to the Clark station at Wayne Trace and Drexel Avenue after a report of a fight and possible stabbing, said Chris Felton, Fort Wayne police spokesman.

When city police arrived, they found a man lying injured in the gas station parking lot near the street, he said.

Felton said the man was suffering from a wound to his chest but could not confirm whether it was from a stabbing or shooting.

The victim was taken in critical condition to a hospital where he died shortly thereafter, police said.

Several minutes after the victim was found, an Indiana state trooper spotted a truck and license plate that matched a witness description of a vehicle leaving the gas station after the fight.

Police detained and questioned the driver.

He was considered a person of interest but, as of late Thursday, not a suspect, Felton said.

He said a motive for the attack was not yet known.

Police were also interviewing witnesses to the fight.

Early information police had indicated the fight started near the pumps to the gas station and then moved toward Drexel Avenue.

Felton said the victim was not an employee at the Clark station and did not have any known connection with the store. Investigators were trying to determine whether the men involved were both customers at the gas station or passing through the area.

They will review any security footage in the area that may have captured the attack.

Although the investigation is in its early stages, police do not believe gang activity was involved.

The Allen County coroner will release the victim’s name and cause and manner of death. If it is declared a homicide, it would be the fourth in Allen County this year. Last year, there were 45 homicides in the county.