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State police investigating police-action shooting

Indiana State Police detectives are investigating an overnight police-action shooting in which a trooper shot and killed a 33-year-old man west of downtown Fort Wayne.

A 4 1/2-year veteran, whose identity was not disclosed, was traveling west on Main Street when he saw an altercation among multiple people at the Cherry Street intersection, state police at Fort Wayne said in a statement.

As he was turning around to investigate, the statement said, one of the people involved, whose identity was not disclosed, began to leave the area on foot in a hurry.

The trooper "gave verbal commands which were not followed," the statement said, "and as he caught up to this person, a physical altercation between them ensued," the statement said.

The trooper shot the suspect an unknown number of times, the statement said. It said the suspect was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The trooper suffered scrapes, cuts and some bruising in the altercation, and will be placed on administrative leave based on state police policy, the statement said.

It said the investigation is continuing with the assistance of Fort Wayne police and the Allen County coroner's office.

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