The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, March 06, 2019 2:24 pm

Veteran officers in accidental shooting identified

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne police officer who "negligently discharged" his gun, shooting himself and another officer, underwent surgery to his left hand, police said today.

The other officer's leg was grazed during the accidental shooting, which occurred around 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Public Safety Academy near Tillman Road and Lafayette Street, according to Michael Joyner, public information officer for the Fort Wayne Police Department.

The police department will determine whether disciplinary action is warranted, he said.

The department identified the two veteran officers today. 

Kerry S. Haywood, who has been on the police force since 1994, was the officer who fired the gun.

"It was Officer Haywood’s firearm that negligently discharged," Joyner said.

From 2004 through 2017, Haywood received five letters of reprimand and one suspension for police vehicle accidents.

In 2011, he received a Meritorious Service Citation and Distinguished Service Citation and in 2013 a Letter of Commendation. Since 2004, he has worked day shift operations in the southeast division, according to police records.

Kurt A. Franceus, who has been with the department since 2007, was not hospitalized, police said.

Franceus received two letters of reprimand for police vehicle accidents in 2009 and 2012 and a suspension in 2016 for disobedience to department policies, according to police records.

In 2016, he received a letter of excellence. He was transferred to the police department's Vice and Narcotics Division in 2009, according to police records.

Both the police department's shooting team and Internal Affairs Division are investigating the incident, Joyner said.


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