You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Police and fire

  • Motorcyclist hurt in crash with car
    A male motorcyclist suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the hospital in critical condition Monday afternoon after his Suzuki collided with a Buick at awest-central intersection.
  • Decatur woman ID'd in fatality
    Forty-nine-year-old Ronda Cowans was identified Monday as the woman killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday on U.S. 27.
  • Equipment accident leaves city man dead
    A northeastern Indiana coroner says a Fort Wayne man died from a head injury he suffered when a scissor-lift toppled inside a factory as he was installing a safety feature on a crane.
Advertisement

Victim of fatal Wells shooting is ID’d

The name of a Wells County teen who died after being shot in the head has been released, and his death has been ruled a homicide.

A ruling of “homicide” means that an individual died as a result of an action performed by another human being.

The Indiana State Police for an earlier story said the shooting appeared to be the result of a gun-cleaning accident.

Eighteen-year old Heath Bumgarner of Uniondale was pronounced dead at 5:15 p.m. Sunday at a Fort Hospital.

He had been cleaning guns with a 19-year-old friend Saturday afternoon at a home just outside Markle.

As the 19-year-old was handling a handgun, it fired a .45-caliber bullet that struck the 18-year-old in the head, police said.

The shooting remains under investigation by the Wells County Prosecutor’s Office, the Indiana State Police and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

Advertisement