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2 men face murder charge after shooting

Marshall
Lopez

– Two Fort Wayne men face murder charges in a weekend shooting over what authorities said was a $2,000 drug debt.

Augustus S. Marshall and Jose J. Lopez were being held without bail Thursday at the Allen County Jail on charges of murder, residential entry and resisting law enforcement.

After shooting Antonio Galvan III to death early Saturday, the two men drove around the city, stopping at a nightclub and several gas stations before fleeing from police and hiding in a woman’s home, according to court documents.

Lopez, 23, and Marshall, 28, knocked on the door of the McDonald Street home Galvan shared with his twin brother, Adam. He told police he heard his brother go to the door about 1:15 a.m. and ask “who’s there?”

The two men responded “Fat Jose” and “Mont” – nicknames that Lopez and Marshall used. Antonio Galvan, 28, told his brother to remove their pit bull from the room as he opened the door, court records said.

As he walked the dog down the hall, Adam Galvan heard a gunshot at the front door and ran to find his brother falling backward with a gunshot wound to his neck. There was no one else in sight, Galvan told police.

After shooting Galvan and fleeing the scene, the two men disappeared for several hours before reappearing at the Sunoco Gas Station at 5133 Coldwater Road, according to court documents.

Police were called to the gas station at 3:53 a.m. because of a reported shooting and saw a black Ford Explorer SUV leaving the area.

The officer followed the SUV from Coliseum Boulevard where the driver turned south onto Hillegas Road. The officer continued in pursuit on Ardmore Avenue where he saw a Mossberg 500 shotgun lying in the road near the 1800 block of Ardmore Avenue. A short time later, the SUV crashed into a parked vehicle in the 2000 block of Brown Street, near Brooklyn Avenue and Taylor Street.

Lopez and Marshall ran from the vehicle toward a nearby home where they set off an alarm at the home of an elderly woman. The woman came outside to check the alarm shortly after 4 a.m. and the men forced her out of her house, court records said.

The woman flagged down officers and told them there were two men in her home. Officers searched the home and found Lopez and Marshall hiding in a bedroom. A Ruger 9 mm handgun, a used shotgun shell and a live shotgun shell were found inside the SUV, according to court documents.

After the two men were taken in for questioning, a black shotgun shell was found in Marshall’s pants pocket, court records said.

Lopez told police that he and Marshall had been involved in the pursuit that ended with Marshall crashing the car. He said they had entered the woman’s home through the rear patio door.

For several hours, Lopez denied knowing anything about the shooting of Galvan but eventually told police that he had gone to Galvan’s home with Marshall to “clear up a $2,000 drug debt owed by Antonio to Augustus.”

Lopez told police he knocked on the door and, when Galvan answered, Marshall kicked in the door and shot him.

Lopez, of the 1400 block of Fletcher Avenue, was convicted in October 2011 of dealing cocaine and sentenced to prison, according to court records.

Marshall, of the 6300 block of Southcrest Road, was convicted in January 2011 of resisting law enforcement, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a suspended license. He was given a one-year sentence.

jcrothers@jg.net

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