FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office ruled Tuesday the police involved shooting involving the shooting death of 45-year-old murder suspect Kenneth Knight was justifiable. The shooting happened March 20th.
Police believe Knight was involved in a deadly shooting of 49 year-old Jackie Hardy earlier that day at a bus stop at the intersection of Pettit Avenue and Reed Street.
Witnesses report Knight pulled Hardy off a Citilink bus, shot her, then fled the scene. What followed was a nine hour search and hostage stand-off involving a three year-old boy in a home in the 3000 block of Holton Avenue.
Police surrounded the house, including a team of snipers stationed across the street. Negotiators attempted with Knight over the loud speaker and via phone, but were unable to get him out of the house peacefully.
Police Chief Rusty York explained after the incident the snipers were given the go-ahead to fire if a clear shot of Knight was available and the life of the toddler was not at-risk.
At roughly 4:30PM snipers seized the opportunity when they shot and killed Knight. The toddler was found inside the home unharmed.
Because the shooting involved officers from the Fort Wayne Police Department, an outside agency often gets involved to determine the appropriateness of action. In this particular case the Fort Wayne police, as well as the Indiana State Police, were involved in the investigation.
They look at circumstances of the case, including whether Knight was considered armed and dangerous as well as the reasoning behind the use of deadly force.
No charges will be filed against the two police snipers.
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