FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A Fort Wayne police officer investigating a report of a disturbance fatally shot a man who answered a front door armed with a handgun and refused commands to drop it, authorities said Sunday.
The shooting took place around 10:10 p.m. Saturday at a home northwest of downtown while officers were going door to door while responding to the disturbance report, police said.
When the armed man answered the door, “Officers ordered him several times to drop the weapon, at which time shots were fired,” Fort Wayne police spokesman John Chambers told The Journal Gazette.
Chambers said he did not know if the man attempted to shoot police or raised the weapon toward officers. Police also don’t know whether the man, who has not been identified, lived at the house. Paramedics were called, but the man died at the scene, Chambers said.
It wasn’t immediately clear how many shots were fired. The officer involved was not hurt and has not been identified.
“Our sympathies go out to the family of the victim,” Police Chief Garry Hamilton told WANE-TV on Sunday, adding a “complete and thorough investigation” was underway.
“It’s not an incident we will sweep under the cobwebs,” he said. “We want to be transparent.”
Indiana State Police are assisting in the investigation.
Sara Bartlett, who was visiting her mother who lives down the street from where the shooting occurred, told the TV station she saw a police car in a driveway in the neighborhood. Her mother told her police had knocked on her door asking if she had seen anything, Bartlett said.
“She had seen a man running through her yard, and then we sat down. Within like two minutes we heard like five gunshots, and then police were just everywhere,” Bartlett said.
It was the first officer-involved shooting in Fort Wayne since 2013, according to WANE.
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