Fort Wayne Police Officer Not Charged for Killing a Man Outside of Bar

By Daniela Salvador
By Scott Sarvay
By Megan Trent

June 11, 2012 Updated Jun 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The Fort Wayne police officer who shot and killed a man outside a city bar last year will not be charged.

Antron Pearson, 31, was killed in the early morning hours of November 26 after Officer Joshua Fransiscy shot him outside Broadway Joe's Tavern at Broadway and Heustis.

Police say Officer Fransiscy was responding to reports of gunfire at the bar when he heard a single shot nearby. Police say that's when he confronted Pearson, who was holding a pistol.

On Monday, Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards said a dual investigation by city and state police revealed that Pearson refused to put the gun down after repeated orders by Fransiscy to do so. Richards says Pearson took a step backwards and moved his hand, prompting Fransiscy to open fire.

Pearson was shot several times and pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say they found a gun near his body. A shell casing found in a nearby alley matched the gun on Pearson.

The shot, however, has not been linked back to Pearson and the gun was unable to be traced back to an owner.

An autopsy report said the cause of death was gunshot wounds, but did not specify how many times Pearson was shot. Richards says alcohol was found in Person's blood system.

Pearson's friends said he never threatened police before he was shot.

As part of the investigation, Richards says she went through police training to find out exactly what officers are taught to do in similar situations.

Richards says, "The perspective in case law in a police action shooting is, what does that actual officer know at that time? And given that knowledge, what is a reasonable response?"

After going through training, Richards says she believes Fransiscy followed department protocol and acted in self defense.

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