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Convicted felon shot to death in home invasion attempt is ID'd


FORT WAYNE -- An Indianapolis man, formerly of Fort Wayne, has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting Monday at a Reed Road apartment complex.

Sylvanus Tarpley Williams, 36, is the 40th homicide victim in Allen County this year, the county coroner's office said. All but two have occurred within the Fort Wayne city limits.

Police said Williams was slain while attempting to break into an apartment at Black Bear Creek Apartments on the city's northeast side.

The attempted robbery about 6:20 a.m. Monday left a second man seriously wounded, and police said another would-be robber fled the scene.

The man who was seriously wounded was in an apartment with a woman and a child at the time of the attempted robbery.

Williams was convicted in 2004 by a federal jury of possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was indicted in November 2002 stemming from an investigation by Fort Wayne Police earlier that same month in which drugs and a gun were confiscated.

Williams, then of the 1800 block of Chartwell Drive, had two felony convictions before that: a 1999 conviction for carrying a handgun without a license and a 1995 conviction for possessing cocaine.

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