Fort Wayne police today are expected to announce the names of officers involved in a chase and shooting that ended in a local man's death.
Shaquille I. Kelly, 26, died from a gunshot wound to the chest about 2 a.m. Wednesday in the 3600 block of Oliver Street on the city's south side. The Allen County coroner's office ruled his death a homicide.
Police spokeswoman Sofia Rosales-Scatena said an officer fired a shot during the incident, and police are investigating whether that gunshot killed Kelly.
Kelly was being pursued by police when he drove his car into a vacant home at Oliver and Grier streets.
Kelly was found shot inside his car, neighbors and friends said.
Officers were patrolling the area of Reed and Baxter streets when they heard gunshots. Police attempted to stop Kelly's vehicle and he fled, according to Rosales-Scatena.
A short time after the pursuit began, Kelly crashed his car into the corner home, she said.
Family and friends gathered Wednesday on Oliver Street. A man who identified himself as Kelly's cousin said he saw police picking up shell casings in the intersection of Oliver and Grier streets.
He and Rolandreia Lewis said they believed Kelly was shot while he was in the intersection, causing him to swerve and go up on the yard and through the front of the home.
A woman who identified herself as an ex-girlfriend of Kelly's said she was with him all weekend and believed that he was shot outside his home while he was on his way to a friend's house when the police interaction occurred. She said she saw bullet holes in Kelly's vehicle.
“The whole car was in there,” she said pointing to the house boarded up with plywood.
“He was a good dude,” she said, something repeated by other family members and friends at the scene Wednesday afternoon.
“He loved his children,” Maretta Ayabarreno said as she stood looking over at the house. Kelly was also the godfather to her daughter, who wiped away tears.
“He got out of his old ways,” Ayabarreno said. “He didn't deserve this.”
Several young men arrived to stand outside the home.
“He was a good dude,” one of them said. “Murdered,” another said. “He took care of his kids.”
Lewis said that she was planning a rally in front of the police station today, if possible.
“All we know is this is where the tracks are at,” Lewis said pointing to fresh tracks in mud and grass that led up to the house. “All I know is the police killed one of our brothers.”