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Name released in fatal police action shooting

Authorities have identified a 19-year-old shot and killed by police Saturday afternoon in south Fort Wayne.

Tavontae Jamar Haney, a city resident, died along Spatz Avenue, according to the Allen County Coroner's Office.

Haney was a passenger in an SUV that was pulled over about 3:50 p.m. at Congress Avenue and Gaywood Drive, city police said.

He ran from the vehicle with a handgun, and he was chased for about three blocks to the 4300 block of Spatz where two uniformed officers confronted him in a side yard, according to police.

"The suspect refused to drop the handgun when ordered by the officers and directed the weapon towards them," Chief Rusty York said in an email, adding that the two officers fired their guns to protect themselves. "I can say that I feel the officers reacted appropriately when confronted with a deadly force situation."

The names of the officers involved have not been released. Those officers were placed on leave, which is department policy in such cases.

The traffic stop that led to the shooting was described by police as routine, but the reason for the stop has not been released. The driver of the stopped vehicle remained at large late Saturday.

The Fort Wayne Police Department and the Indiana State Police will investigate the shooting, and the Allen County Prosecutor's Office will decide whether the officers' use of force was justified.

This year, Fort Wayne has seen two other fatal shootings by police. On March 20, two police snipers shot a man in a house after he killed a woman and took a 3-year-old boy hostage. On Feb. 20 in the stairwell of an apartment building, a police officer shot an armed man suspected of robbing a nearby drugstore.

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aingersoll@jg.net

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