Fort Wayne Police Department

Fort Wayne Police Department


Fort Wayne Police has confirmed a handgun in close proximity to the suspect killed in the May 22 police action shooting.

The fatal shooting took place in the early morning after police responded to apparent gunfire on Fort Wayne's southeast side. Police attempted to pull over a vehicle, which sped off. The chase led police to the 3600 block of Oliver Street, where the car they were pursuing crashed into a vacant house.

Officer Christopher Hawthorn, a member of the gang unit fired his weapon at 26-year-old Shaquille I. Kelly of Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne Police Department

Fort Wayne Police have identified the officer involved in the fatal police-action shooting Wednesday morning.

Officer Christopher Hawthorn, a four-year veteran of the police department and a member of the gang unit, fired his weapon, killing 26-year-old Shaquille I. Kelly of Fort Wayne. 

Hawthorn received both a letter of commendation and a meritorious service citation in 2016. He has had three disciplinary involvements in his career concerning accidents in his police vehicle. 

Fort Wayne Police Department

The Indiana State Police and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating an early morning fatal shooting Wednesday involving a Fort Wayne Police officer. It is the first fatal police-action shooting in more than two years.

According to a press release, the officer was responding to the sound of gunshots in a neighborhood in southeast Fort Wayne. As the officer attempted to pull over a vehicle in the area, the driver of the vehicle fled.


Mayor Tom Henry and the City of Fort Wayne outlined public safety plans and goals for 2019 in an annual news conference with the Fort Wayne Police and Fire Departments Tuesday morning.

FWPD Ends Use Of A Defensive Tactic

Jan 21, 2019
Barb Anguiano / WBOI

The Fort Wayne Police Department issued a general order last week temporarily suspending the use of the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint, or LVNR,  as a defensive technique for officers.