Names Released Of Officers Who Shot Man (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose
By Eric Dutkiewicz

April 29, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 4:56 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Fort Wayne police release the names of the two officers who fatally shot a man who ran from them this weekend.

This is the third fatal police action shooting in three months, making this the county's 16th homicide so far this year.

Police say 19-year old Tavontae Haney ran from them after a routine traffic stop Saturday afternoon.

They say when he pointed a handgun at them, two and a half year department veteran Officer Cameron Norris and 17-year veteran Officer John Drummer shot Haney.

We talked to people in the neighborhood where the shooting happened as well as a central city pastor, and they are fed up with the city's violence.

"There's been a lot of shootings lately, and that's been the most recent shooting. Just, you know, they're all bad, but this was pretty upscale, that was pretty bad. That's pretty, I'd say, they top of the list for Fort Wayne, Indiana in my opinion," says neighborhood resident Mario Willis.

"We have a lot of work to do on both sides, I believe, there maybe needs to be some conversations and some education, maybe, in terms of kids and how to approach the police, or how to not get yourself in that situation," says Pastor Denise Lapsley of Faith United Methodist Church.

About three months ago, Faith United Methodist started a youth group, which is growing.

The congregation prays for peace -- a congregation no stranger to tragedy.

A flowering tree there was planted for April Tinsley, who attended the church and whose murder 20 years ago has not been solved.

The officers who shot Haney are on routine administrative leave while the state police investigate the shooting.

Chief Rusty York of the Fort Wayne Police Department asks for patience from the public as the investigation continues.

"The officers were confronted with a deadly situation," York says. "The information out there that this young man did not have a gun is absolutely not true. He did have a firearm. That was recognized from the beginning of this pursuit."

York says the Allen County prosecutor's office, the Indiana State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms are all investigating the police action shooting, saying having numerous objective eyes on the case is important.


Full Interview: Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York On FWPD Action Shooting

The prosecutor will decide whether their use of deadly force was justified.




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