FORT WAYNE – The city police department has identified both an officer and the 18-year-old Fort Wayne man he shot Saturday.
Officer Anthony M. Shefferly shot Micquail L. Thomas shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday at South Hanna Street and East Leith Street, according to a statement issued Monday by the department.
It said Shefferly has been with the department since October 2007 and remains on administrative leave.
Thomas remained in serious condition Monday at a local hospital, police said.
Police Chief Rusty York said for an earlier story that the officer’s actions during a brief pursuit Saturday night appear to be justified.
“What it looks like to me is we had an armed individual, and the officer acted appropriately,” York said.
“When he took off running, the officer could tell he had a gun in his hand,” York said.
York said the officer chased Thomas into a backyard just south of where the traffic stop occurred. When the man turned toward the officer, the officer fired, hitting the man once in the arm and once in the buttocks, the chief said.
York said the man fell to the ground, and near him, police found a stolen pistol. The man did not fire at the officer during the pursuit, York said.
York said he expects the man will face charges stemming from the incident. Police have not released the reason for the traffic stop.
The Fort Wayne Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the case, along with an internal investigation to determine whether departmental policy was followed, York said.