The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 10:45 am

Fort Wayne police officer dies following pursuit

The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne police have identified the officer who died following a pursuit Monday night.

David A. Tinsley, a 16-year veteran with the police department, was chasing a suspect police believe was driving a stolen car, a statement from the department said.

The pursuit began around 11:15 p.m. near Southcrest and Kent roads and ended at the Rivergreenway near Candlelite Apartments off of Fairfield Avenue just south of Paulding Road.

Tinsley and his officer-in-training chased the suspect, Patrick Anthony Faiers, 49, of Fort Wayne, along the Rivergreenway after Faiers crashed the car he was driving in a wooded area just off the greenway, where he was eventually caught.

On the way back to his vehicle, Tinsley collapsed, a statement from police said. Officers performed resuscitation efforts until medics arrived.

Tinsley was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Already wearing a black band around his badge, an emotional Fort Wayne Police Chief Steve Reed on Tuesday called Tinsley a friend.

"He served our department and the city with honor," Reed said at a late morning news conference in his office at the Rousseau Centre. "He was a good guy, always going above and beyond -- like last night. He will be missed greatly."

Faiers was charged with being a habitual offender and resisting, both felonies.

Fort Wayne police are asking for flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of their fallen officer.

"He was a cop's cop," Reed said of Tinsley. "Anytime you lose an officer, a friend, a coworker, it's hard."

Funeral plans are pending.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit after 1 a.m. Wednesday.

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