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Police and fire

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Two charged in lake area shooting

Mark Zachery Hines
Tyler Biggs

Two Fremont men have been charged in the shooting death of a man found wounded early Sunday in the front yard of a Jimmerson Lake home, Steuben County Sheriff Tim Troyer said in a written statement.

The sheriff’s department received a report about 3 a.m. that a person had been shot at 220 Lane 355 Jimmerson Lake in the Buena Vista addition. Deputies found Ruben Sanchez Jr., 29, of Muncie, with gunshot wounds in the front yard, Troyer said.

Medics took Sanchez to Cameron Memorial Community Hospital in Angola, and he was transferred to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne where he died from his injuries, Troyer said. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Detectives with the sheriff’s office and Indiana State Police investigated the shooting. They obtained warrants to search two homes and two vehicles in the Jimmerson Lake area. They also interviewed several people thought to be involved in Sanchez’s death, and two of those people were arrested, the sheriff said.

Mark Hines, 28, was charged with murder, and Tyler Biggs, 18, was charged with aiding in murder. Both men were being held without bond Sunday at the Steuben County Jail, awaiting their arraignments.

In the sheriff’s written statement issued late Sunday afternoon, he referred all questions to the Steuben County Prosecutor’s Office. Calls to the prosecutor’s office rang unanswered, and a message left for the county prosecutor at home was not immediately returned.

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