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  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Ft Wayne police gather at the scene of a shooting in the 2500 block of St. Mary's Avenue, late Saturday.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:16 am

Man with gun slain by police

Chris Meyers | The Journal Gazette

A man was fatally shot Saturday night by Fort Wayne police after he answered the front door armed with a handgun, police said.

The shooting occurred at a house in the 2500 block of St. Marys Avenue northwest of downtown as police investigated a report of a disturbance, according to the police department.

Fort Wayne police spokesman John Chambers said officers ordered the victim to put down the gun before they fired.

"Officers ordered him several times to drop the weapon, at which time shots were fired," he said.

Chambers said he did not know if the man attempted to shoot police or raised the weapon at them before officers shot him, nor whether more than one officer fired.

He said paramedics were called, but the man died at the scene.

As officers investigated the original disturbance report about 9:45 p.m. in the 2400 block of St. Marys Avenue, they learned the man was possibly armed with a gun, police said.

Police eventually ended up at the house in the 2500 block where the shooting occurred in an attempt to possibly make contact with the man.

The shooting was reported about 10:10 p.m.

Chambers said he did not yet know if the man lived at the home where the shooting occurred.

The Indiana State Police and Allen County Prosecutor’s Office were called to investigate. Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control was also at the scene.

St. Marys Avenue was roped off and crisscrossed with police tape as officers slogged down the streets and residents braved occasional downpours to catch a glimpse of what was going on in their neighborhood.