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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Fort Wayne police are investigating a man's death about 7:30 p.m. Sunday in an apartment at the 1300 block of St. Marys Avenue.

Monday, June 11, 2018 1:00 am

Man's death investigated

Report of shooting, but that's unclear

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne police are investigating a man's death Sunday in an apartment just north of downtown.

Mark Bieker, a spokesman for the Fort Wayne Police Department, said investigators were called around 7:30 p.m. to 1309 St. Marys Ave., where they were told there had been a shooting.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, according to a news release. 

Bieker said the death is under investigation and could not confirm the man was shot to death. Neighbors reported hearing no shots, he said.

Few details were available Sunday night, as the two-story white home that contained two apartments was cordoned off with yellow caution tape. Detectives and crime scene investigators talked with neighbors and looked around the property.

Several people outside the home said they heard the man was shot.

Bieker said the man who died was alone in the downstairs apartment. A male tenant was upstairs, sleeping, when police arrived, he said.

He said no shell casings had been found but added investigators had not yet conducted a thorough investigation.

Michael Beamish, 24, identified the man as “Gramp” and said they once attended a community dinner at a local church together. Beamish said the man once gave him money to buy diapers for his child.

“He tried his hardest to be cool,” he said. “He did what he could for us.”

The man's name and the manner and cause of death will be released by the Allen County coroner's office. If it is determined to be a homicide, it will be the county's 20th of 2018.

Last year, the 20th homicide in Allen County was recorded in August. The county had a record 49 homicides in 2017. 

Anyone with information should contact the police department at 427-1222 or Allen County Crime Stoppers at 436-7687.