After a more than 24-hour manhunt, police arrested Zao Burrell in Fort Wayne on Monday in connection with the shooting death of a Steuben County man during a drug deal.
Burrell, 24, is accused of killing Brent A. Donbroski just after midnight Sunday while selling him methamphetamine at a mobile home northeast of Angola, Steuben County Sheriff Tim Troyer said.
Indiana State Police received a tip Monday afternoon that Burrell was at a home in the 600 block of Ridgewood Drive, just west of Johnny Appleseed Memorial Park in Fort Wayne.
The Allen County Sheriffs Department, Fort Wayne police, and the FBIs Safe Streets Task Force saw Burrell get into a vehicle about 4 p.m., according to a police statement.
Police tried to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle sped off. A short pursuit ensued and ended in the Scotts parking lot on North Clinton Street near Coliseum Boulevard, police said. Burrell and two other people in the vehicle were taken into custody. Police also recovered a handgun that was thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit. The two other people are being questioned by police, the statement said.
Troyer said Burrell was taken to the Steuben County Jail about 6 p.m. on a preliminary charge of murder. Additional charges could be filed, the sheriff said.
Its a big relief for the community knowing that we dont have that person at large anymore, Troyer said.
The events that led to the manhunt started early Sunday in a rural area northeast of Angola.
Just after midnight, there were nine people in a mobile home at 2980 N. County Road 300 East, Troyer said.
Donbroski was trying to buy meth from Burrell, the two got into an argument and Burrell shot Donbroski, Troyer said.
Just before 4 a.m., Donbroski, 40, was driven to Angolas Cameron Memorial Community Hospital in a private vehicle with a gunshot wound.
When Donbroski died, a sheriffs deputy who happened to be at the hospital began gathering information about the shooting, Troyer said. That investigation led deputies to the mobile home where Donbroski was shot.
While deputies were at the mobile home, a white sedan passed by. Burrell, his father, Danny L. Burrell, and Michael A. Forrester were in that vehicle, Troyer said. Suspicious, the deputies tried to stop the car, the sheriff said.
The car did not stop, and while fleeing from police, Burrell fired shots at police hitting one patrol vehicle, Troyer said.
The fleeing car went east into Ohio until it stopped just north of Columbia in the northwest corner of the state. Burrell got out of the car, fired shots at police and ran into a wooded area. No one was injured, Troyer said.
Hes been known to us for several different incidents in Steuben County, Troyer said. Every time weve dealt with Zao, it has escalated.
Danny Burrell, who was driving, and Forrester were jailed in Ohio. Danny Burrell, 49, was booked on a felony charge of resisting law enforcement, while Forrester, 22, was booked on a felony charge of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of failure to appear.
Troyer said the two could face additional charges in Steuben County.
More than 100 officers from multiple agencies in Indiana and Ohio searched for Burrell on Sunday with the help of a helicopter, two airplanes and 10 to 12 police dogs, Troyer said.