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Fort Wayne Police shooting Wednesday kills 18-year-old

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The man shot by police Wednesday afternoon died in the operating room.

According to the Allen County Coroner, 18-year-old Wyatt Beckler died from gunshot wounds, making his death the county’s 22 homicide for 2022.

The Indiana State Police, alongside the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Fort Wayne Police Department are investigating the shooting, which occurred in the city’s Hoagland-Masterson neighborhood.

According to a press release issued late Wednesday, Fort Wayne police responded to a disturbance call, possibly involving a weapon. When the officer, identified Thursday as Andrew Fry, arrived at the scene, he found a man matching the description given to them. At some point shots were fired by police.

Witnesses are cooperating with the investigation, according to the press release.

Fry’s police service record shows commendations for valor, and letters of reprimand for two vehicle accidents.

Rebecca manages the news at WBOI. She joined the staff in December 2017, and brought with her nearly two decades of experience in print journalism, including 15 years as an award-winning reporter for the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne.