Officer And Suspect Named In Fatal Armed Robbery Pursuit (with Video)

By Alex Miller
By Nina Settappa
By Eric Dutkiewicz

February 20, 2013 Updated Nov 24, 2013 at 4:38 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – A suspected pharmacy robber was shot dead by Fort Wayne police early Wednesday morning.

Police say Stephen Wattley II, 21, of Fort Wayne, robbed the CVS, 2802 E. State Blvd., around 2:30.

Responding officers saw Wattley running from the pharmacy, leading to a foot chase that ended at Baldwin Creek Apartments along Hobson Road, according to police.

Fort Wayne police report seeing Wattley armed; that's when officers shot him, police say.

Paramedics pronounced Wattley dead at the scene. Wattley's death has been ruled a homicide by the Allen County coroner's office.

Police have identified the police officer involved in the shooting as Jeffery E. Burkholder Sr. a veteran of the department for more than 31 years. Burkholder has been placed on administrative leave under departmental policy for firing upon Wattley.

A second officer, who was near the shooting, is also on administrative leave.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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