The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 1:00 am


Gun found near body after police shooting

Journal Gazette

A handgun was found near the man who was killed in the May 22 officer-involved shooting, Fort Wayne police said Tuesday.

The police Gang Unit was patrolling in the 3900 block of Winter Street when officers saw a vehicle in the area and heard at least one shot fired, police said. They said officers attempted to stop a gold Chrysler in the immediate area of the gunshot, but the driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued.

During the pursuit, police said the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed until the driver lost control and crashed into a home in the 3600 block of Oliver Street.

Police said a shell casing was found at the scene where the initial shot was fired, and investigators are awaiting ballistic testing to see whether it was fired from the weapon that was found.

Police said last week that officer Christopher Hawthorne fired a gun during the incident. Shaquille I. Kelly, 26, died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Police are investigating whether the officer shot Kelly.

Coroner: Death in March accidental

The death of a 35-year-old Fort Wayne man in March on Huestis Avenue was accidental, the Allen County coroner's office said Tuesday.

Ronald L. Strother's body was found in an alley in the 1400 block of Huestis shortly before midnight March 24, the coroner's office. Strother died from fentanyl toxicity, the coroner said.

Strother was identified following an autopsy, but the cause and manner of his death were pending further testing and investigation.

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