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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 1:00 am

Federal charges filed in shooting

Faces 1 count in May 15 incident

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Federal prosecutors have taken up the case of a Fort Wayne man arrested on gun and drug charges after a May 15 shooting on Sherman Boulevard.

Bryant Aron, 34, had faced several charges in state court including unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and carrying a handgun with a felony conviction within the past 15 years. A federal grand jury last week handed down a one-count indictment, alleging he “did possess in and affecting commerce a firearm and ammunition, and did so knowingly.” The charge carries penalties of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne.

Allen County prosecutors have filed paperwork to dismiss the state court case.

Police said Aron shot Thomas Atkins several times last month. Aron fled from officers who tried to stop him May 25 after failing to make a complete stop at Harris Street and Coliseum Boulevard.

He had methamphetamine on him when he was captured, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Aron has felony convictions dating to 2004 for drug dealing, attempted escape and domestic battery, court records said.