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Fort Wayne, New Haven police investigate separate deaths from gunshot wounds, train

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 9:38 am

Area police are investigating two deaths that occurred or were discovered Wednesday night – one in a Fort Wayne alley and another at a railroad crossing in New Haven.

In the first death, Fort Wayne Police responded at 8:48 p.m. to the 3100 block of Reed Street in regards to a man down in the alley, apparently with gunshot wounds, said Officer Raquel Foster, a department spokeswoman. Officers were directed to the man's body. The body was found far behind the homes in that block, according to a news release.

A crime scene was established, which is protocol for all death investigations, said Officer Jeremy Webb, a police spokesman, in the release. Homicide detectives were called to the scene, which is also standard procedure in death investigations. Detectives canvassed the area for potential witnesses.

It was unclear if police knew the man's identity, although the Allen County coroner's office is often the one who releases that information after an autopsy. Police did not know how the man ended up in the alley and were seeking information from anyone with knowledge of the death.

The coroner's office was notified and was to determine the cause and manner of death after an autopsy was conducted. Police spokeswoman Officer Raquel Foster said the coroner's office would likely perform an autopsy today.

The death remains under investigation by the FWPD, Allen County prosecutor's office, and coroner's office.

Later, a pedestrian died after being hit by a train in downtown New Haven, police said.

New Haven Police were dispatched at about 11:48 p.m. to the 500 block of Broadway Street, where a witness told officers a pedestrian was walking south on Broadway and approached the train crossing, spokesman Officer Darren Peterson said in a statement, which did not list the gender of the victim.

According to Peterson, the witness said the pedestrian walked into the side of a moving train. The person was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is under investigation by a Fatal Alcohol Crash Team.