Man Killed In Police Action Shooting Has History Of Trouble With Law

By Katrina Helmer
By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

November 28, 2011 Updated Nov 28, 2011 at 7:10 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- The man shot dead by a Fort Wayne police officer Saturday had a criminal record, including resisting arrest.

Despite that, at least three law enforcement agencies, including state police, are investigating whether the police action shooting was justifiable.

We now know Joshua Fransiscy is the officer who killed 31-year old Antron Pearson outside Broadway Joe's at 2514 Broadway.

Multiple shots were fired, and Pearson was struck by more than one bullet.

Police Chief Rusty York says Broadway Joe's is known for being "very busy" on Friday nights.

He said several officers were in the area when the 1 a.m. report of shots fired in the vicinity of the bar was dispatched.

Then twenty minutes later, officers on the scene reported hearing an additional gunshot.

York says it's not clear if Pearson, who was outside the bar, fired that shot.

Chief Rusty York/Fort Wayne Police Department: " What we do know is that when the officers responded, he was armed with a weapon, he had a pistol in his hand. The interaction between the officer and this individual, we're still investigating."

Officer Fransiscy began his career with Fort Wayne Police in October 2007.

He received a meritorious service citation in 2010 for using CPR to save someone's life.

He has had a pair of traffic accidents on the job, one in which he was reprimanded.

He remains on paid administrative leave for a few days, standard procedure in a police action shooting case.

Pearson has an extensive record of “run-ins” with local authorities.

He had a felony armed robbery and burglary in 2002.

More recently in 2010, Pearson was arrested on charges of intimidation and theft.

The resisting arrest cases were from 2005 and 2007.




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