A trail of blood in the snow led police to the man they say tried to rob someone at a gas station, touching off a shootout that left him injured.
Bruce T. King, 41, – his face hidden under a black ski mask – approached a car with three people inside about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 12, brandished a handgun and demanded money from driver Drevyon Walton, according to charging documents filed Tuesday in Allen Superior Court.
Jordan Ross, Walton's cousin, also was at the Sunoco station at 1416 Oxford St., noticed what was happening and shot at King, investigators say.
King, of the 100 block of Oakdale Drive, returned fire.
Officers called to the scene said they “located a blood trail, along with tracks in the snow leading away from the gas station,” a probable cause affidavit said.
“The tracks in the snow also appeared that the person making the tracks was dragging a leg, possibly from an injury,” the document said.
Following the trail, investigators found a black handgun with an extended clip – the same type of weapon witnesses said was used in the botched robbery – inside a barrel, police said. King was found about 300 feet from the gas station, lying on the ground and suffering from gunshot wounds.
“A coat with a black ski mask was also located by Bruce King,” the affidavit said.
Police said last week a man in the car that King approached was cut and might have been grazed by a bullet. He refused medical treatment at the scene, they said.
King is charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and theft. He was being held at Allen County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Armed robbery is a Level 3 felony punishable by up to 16 years in prison.
King pleaded guilty to attempted robbery in 1998, court records said, and was given a four-year suspended sentence. He later violated the terms of his probation and was ordered to spend a year in prison, the records said.