Federal agents knew Marcus Hayden was in an apartment in the 1300 block of Greene Street late Monday, and they moved in to arrest him.
After announcing their presence and demanding he come out, police broke down the door about 11:30 p.m. and gunfire erupted. Hayden shot a U.S. marshal trying to arrest him before a city officer shot Hayden. He later died at a hospital, officials said.
U.S. marshals and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were serving a warrant accusing Hayden of failure to appear in federal court. Fort Wayne police officers acted as backup.
Officers knocked on the door in Eden Green apartments and announced their presence multiple times. When police entered the apartment, Hayden started shooting at them from the hallway with his 9 mm handgun, according to Indiana State Police.
An unidentified marshal was shot in the lower right leg, but the injuries were not life-threatening. He has undergone two surgeries as a result of the gunshot wound, state police said.
Dozens of police cars with city, county and state officers swarmed to the south-side apartment complex, blocking every exit and cordoning off a large part of it with police tape.
The massive police response came after dispatchers broadcast an “officer down” call. “That’s a call we never want to hear in law enforcement,” Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York said Tuesday.
After shooting the U.S. marshal, Hayden then jumped out of a first-floor window with a handgun in his possession and was met by an unidentified Fort Wayne police officer. The officer ordered Hayden multiple times to drop the gun, but Hayden verbally refused, state police said.
York said the officer then shot Hayden in the torso with a shotgun. The officer is a veteran of the Fort Wayne police gang unit.
“I would assume the officer knew the history of this particular individual – that he was a very violent individual from his involvement with the Fort Wayne Police Department and that he was frequently in possession of firearms,” York said.
Hayden continued to flee on foot for a short distance before he fell to the ground. He was combative as he was being taken into custody and during the ambulance ride, state police said.
Hayden was visiting a woman who lived in the apartment, York said. He said federal agents had been looking for Hayden and learned Hayden was at the woman’s apartment and decided to serve the warrant.
The woman who lived in the apartment was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor resisting law enforcement after police had to use a Taser stun gun on her, according to court records.
State police are investigating the shooting, after being asked by Fort Wayne police, according to Sgt. Ron Galaviz, state police spokesman.
Galaviz said his office will turn over the results of the investigation to the appropriate prosecutor and venue because the shooting involved federal agents serving a federal warrant.
The officer who shot Hayden will be on paid administrative leave, as is customary after a police-action shooting, York said.
The name of the U.S. marshal who was shot has not been released. York said his department would probably release the name today of the officer who shot Hayden.
“We really feel bad about the injury to the agent,” York said. “All these officers were in there doing their job trying to take a violent person off the street.
“(Hayden) just showed his disregard for life. Law enforcement has every reason to believe this person knew exactly who he was shooting at. Officers had announced themselves. (Hayden) was a very violent, dangerous person in our community.”
Less than an hour after the shooting, a woman ran up to officers screaming.
“Where’s my son? I heard he got shot,” the unidentified woman said.
“They took him to the hospital,” an officer told her.
“Is he still alive?” the woman pleaded.
“Yes, ma’am,” the officer replied.
“Whew,” she said before running back to her car and leaving.
Residents have voiced concerns about their safety at Eden Green apartments since Fort Wayne police moved its headquarters downtown last month – and before.
But police have maintained the apartment complex has always been heavily patrolled and that has not changed since the department moved to a new headquarters.
“That area is still heavily patrolled,” York said. “They do have their own security there comprised of Fort Wayne police officers. It is a very heavily patrolled area. I would not see a correlation.”
But 21-year-old Tevin Woods lives there with his fiancée, two young children and his brother. In the past month he says he has seen the violence escalate.
“I wish it would get better out here,” Woods said. “There’s a lot of kids playing out here. Bullets can hit anyone. Bullets don’t have a name.”
A woman who was inside her apartment during a March 20 shooting was hit by a stray bullet. She was not seriously hurt, but another man was critically injured during a parking lot altercation that led to the shooting.
Dozens of people were standing outside during the investigation early Tuesday. One of the onlookers said she was scared for her family’s safety. She declined to give her name because she feared retribution.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Hayden died at 12:51 a.m. Tuesday at a hospital from a gunshot wound or wounds. Since Hayden died because of the actions of another person, his death was ruled a homicide – the fifth in Fort Wayne and Allen County this year.