Police Officer and Man He Shot ID'd In Look-A-Like Gun Incident

By Eric Clabaugh
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December 21, 2010 Updated Dec 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind (Indiana's NewsCenter) - We now know the name of the officer who fired that single, fatal shot Monday afternoon and the man who police say died as a result.

Sergeant Mark Dolezal is a 22-year veteran officer. Sergeant Dolezal has been placed on administrative leave at this time.

An autopsy Tuesday afternoon confirms that 23-year-old Yahree Cavin died as a result of a gunshot wound(s).

Police confirmed Monday afternoon that the man died in a local hospital from a gunshot wound after police shot him just before 1 p.m.

Here's the sequence of events:

At approximately 12:41 p.m.:
The Fort Wayne Police Department responded to an apartment in the 2000 block of South Harrison Street. The suspect brandished what appeared to be a gun when confronted by an officer.

Updated: 1:41 p.m.
Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York tells Indiana's NewsCenter that police received a tip of an armed man inside a home in 2000 block of South Harrison from men working inside of the building. According to Chief York, when police approached the house, the suspect opened the door and refused to show his hands or put down his weapon. He then pointed the gun at police. One of the responding police officers fired a single shot disarming the suspect. It's not clear if the man fired at police. The individual shot by police was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Updated: 4:00 p.m.
The weapon held by the suspect was determined not to be a real firearm, but instead a look-alike. The individual died shortly after his arrival at a local hospital.

Updated: 6:30 p.m.
Police say the man's child, an infant, and the baby's mother were inside of the apartment at the time of the shooting. It is not clear if they witnessed the incident.

The officer's identity or that of the shooting victim has yet to be released. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

All officers directly involved will undergo typical protocol during the investigation, say police. That includes calling State Police for assistance, among other procedures.

Update 10:00 P.M.

Indiana's NewsCenter spoke with four neighbors.

"I just think it's scary and it's really sad for the holiday. It's scary because I walk passed that house every day and it could have happened when I was walking past," said Neighbor Betrice Clark.

"I live right across the street from this," said neighbor Ashley Cowan.

"I have my godson living with me every day. I was worried, I didn't think that something like that could happen so close to where we live because this is a quite decent neighborhood," said Cowan.

Indiana's NewsCenter also spoke with a man who lives in the apartment building at 2020 South Harrison Street, where the man was shot and killed.

He wanted to remain anonymous but said he socialized with man from time to time.

He described him as "a little off."

He said he had seen the look-a-like gun before because the man showed it to him and said he carried it on his waist for "protection."

Indiana's NewsCenter also sat down with Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York.

"They (look-a-like guns) pose a threat to others but especially the people that possess them and would be foolish enough to point them at police officers," commented York.

"Officers have to respond as though it's a real weapon because they have no way of knowing that it's not. It looks exactly like a real firearm," concluded York.

York also said air-soft gun manufacturers are putting people at risk and causing police officers the emotional distress of being involved in a shooting.

York said five uniformed officers, knocked on the man's door and identified themselves as police before going inside the apartment.

After asking him to put the gun down, the man pointed the gun at officers, moments later he was shot.

York will not say where he was hit but said he was only shot once.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Update 11:00 A.M. Tuesday

22-year veteran officer Sergeant Mark Dolezal was identified as the shooter and has been placed on administrative leave.

Update 7:00 p.m. Tuesday

An autopsy Tuesday afternoon confirms that 23-year-old Yahree Cavin died as a result of a gunshot wound(s).

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