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Fort Wayne Police officers cleared in man's May death

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 10:31 am

The Allen County prosecutor's office released a statement that Fort Wayne Police officers were justified in killing a man two months ago.

Prosecutor Karen Richards office said it has completed a review of the investigation into the May 2 death of Ryan Koontz, 22, outside his home in the 7700 block of Weymouth Court.

Koontz was killed in a gunbattle with police, who had been called to a possible suicide attempt at the residence. Upon arrival, officers entered the home and were fired upon, Police Chief Rusty York said at the time of Koontz's death. Koontz left the home while firing indiscriminately including at the officers, York said at the time. Koontz got into a vehicle and then began driving while shooting before pulling into a driveway and getting out. It was there that he was shot by officers after they had ordered him to the ground, York said. Koontz was reportedly armed with a semi-automatic pistol and four officers were involved in the exchange of gunfire.

Here is video from the scene of the shooting:

The investigation of the incident was completed by the FWPD and the Indiana State Police.

Richards' office determined that officers "reasonably believed that force was necessary to prevent serious bodily injury or death to the responding officers and innocent civilians," according to the statement.