Makes Unexpected Statement

Mayor Henry on Latest Shooting

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Mayor Henry on Latest Shooting

May 2, 2013 Updated May 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, In. (www.incnow.tv) --- The second police action shooting in less than a week in which Fort Wayne police shoot and kill an armed suspect has evoked quick response - from the police chief and the mayor.

Immediately after the call went out this morning police chief Rusty York was on scene on Weymouth Court in which his officers shot an armed man who was shooting at them.

York has taken a higher profile role out in the field in the wake of the growing number of shootings in the city. Today's shooting is the fourth this year involving Fort Wayne officers.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has also taken the unexpected step of issuing this press statement supporting the actions of York and his department:

I want to take this opportunity to thank Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York and the Fort Wayne Police Department for their commitment and dedication to ensuring that our City is as safe as possible.

Earlier today and last weekend, there were police-action shootings in our City. Our law enforcement officials are doing everything they can to combat challenges that are difficult to address.

I recognize we face challenges with guns, gangs, drugs, and mental illness in our community. By working together, my administration, the police department, our neighborhoods, and citizens can overcome these obstacles.

I want to reassure the citizens of Fort Wayne that public safety is a top priority of my administration.

We live, work, and play in a safe City. I want citizens and visitors alike to enjoy what our City has to offer. We have great businesses, neighborhoods, schools, parks, and a quality of life that is second to none. Now more than ever, we need to be united as a City. I believe in Fort Wayne, and by coming together, we’re going to be an even stronger City.

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