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  • Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette Police investigate a Chrysler 300 reported stolen that crashed into a utility pole on Wells Street Friday afternoon. The occupants fled to the Fort Wayne Children' Zoo.

  • Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette Fort Wayne police watch as a black Chrysler 300 reported stolen Friday afternoon is towed after its two occupants crashed the car into a utility pole on Wells Street. The two men then ran west, jumped a fence and went onto zoo grounds, causing a lock down, police said.

Friday, June 14, 2019 4:40 pm

Police: Zoo placed on lock down after crash

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo was on lock down briefly Friday after two men crashed their vehicle into a utility pole on Wells Street and fled through zoo grounds, police said. 

Several witnesses told The Journal Gazette they heard gunshots before police arrived. 

Dispatchers received a report of a stolen vehicle at 1:12 p.m. Friday. Police found a stolen black Chrysler 300 crashed into a pole across from the Nestle facility on Wells Street, but the occupants had fled, Sofia Rosales-Scatena, Fort Wayne police spokeswoman, said. 

Witnesses said they saw two men run in the direction of the zoo. Rosales-Scatena said the men got into the zoo after jumping a fence. Zoo officials quickly locked down the zoo. Police found the two men who were taken into custody. 

Rosales-Scatena said officers drew their Taser stun guns, but did not use them. A witness said the incident took place between the penguin and alligator exhibits. 

The two men who ran through the zoo and others were taken downtown to police headquarters for questioning, Rosales-Scatena said. No one was injured and at 2 p.m. people were seen freely entering and leaving the zoo.

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