UPDATE: Suspect dead following police chase, name of officer involved released

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): One person is dead after a police chase in Fort Wayne overnight.

The Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD) says the pursuit started at about 2 a.m. when officers patrolling the area of Reed and Baxter Streets heard shots fired nearby. It ended when the fleeing suspect’s car crashed into an empty home at the intersection of Oliver and Grier Streets.

Shaquille I. Kelly, 26 of Fort Wayne, was found suffering from gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. His cause of death was gunshot wounds to the chest, and his manner of death was ruled a homicide.

The FWPD later released the name of the officer involved in the shooting – Christopher Hawthorne. Officer Hawthorne was commissioned on May 28, 2015. He was also involved in the fatal shooting of a suspect in 2016 that was ruled self-defense.

No further details have been provided. The case remains under investigation.


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