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Allen County police and court briefs

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014 12:01 am
A Warren man accidentally shot himself while unloading his gun Sunday evening, according to police.At around 9:54 p.m. Sunday, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a call at the Lutheran Hospital emergency room, where a man with a gunshot wound to his left hand had come for treatment, according to a report.

The 25-year-old man was at home with his mother in Warren when the incident occurred, according to the report. His mother had asked him to unload his .350 Llama handgun; she didn't want a loaded gun in the house. While alone in his bedroom and attempting to unload the gun, he accidentally fired it; the bullet struck his left hand and exited. The man said it is his only gun and he hadn't had any formal training in handling it, according to the report. His mother, who had been in the front room of the home when the incident occurred, drove him to the hospital.Fort Wayne Police were called to Snider High School when a student was reported to be carrying an 8-inch knife with a 4-inch blade.

Police responded to the call at around 1 p.m. Friday at the school. Another student had reported to a school official that on Thursday the student and the girl carrying the knife were involved in an altercation in the school's library/computer lab, according to a police report. The student reported the girl had pulled the knife, and threatened to cut the student. During the course of the investigation police found the knife in the girl's purse, according to the report. She told them she had forgotten she had the knife. She was taken to the Allen County Jail; the knife was confiscated as evidence.A Lakeside Middle School student was taken into custody after allegedly battering another student Friday.

According to a report from the Fort Wayne Police Department, at around 2 p.m. Friday an officer was dispatched to the school, where an assistant principal said the student in question had gotten three referrals that day. The student's behavior had included name calling and refusal to sit where he was told. He later called another student a gay slur and then started smacking the student in the face. The student was taken to the assistant principal's office.

The student was put into custody and taken to Allen County Juvenile Center.A police chase ended in charges for a Fort Wayne man.

Deonte A. Cooper, 25, of the 4100 block of South Hanna Street, has been charged with resisting law enforcement, a Class D felony and resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor.

According to court documents, on Feb. 25 a Fort Wayne Vice and Narcotics Division officer was driving an unmarked patrol car when he saw a black Pontiac Grand Prix make a westbound turn onto Taylor Street and Broadway without signaling for the turn. The officer was about two vehicles behind the vehicle at that time, but could clearly see the left taillight and no signal was used. Because of traffic congestion it took the officer until Brooklyn Avenue to conduct the traffic stop for the infraction violation. The officer activated his lights, hoping the car would pull into the Marathon gas station, but instead the car made a southbound turn on Brooklyn and disregarded the red light, according to the report. The officer sounded his police siren and the vehicle turned eastbound down an alley then back southbound into another alley. The car accelerated drastically in an attempt to flee. A short time later the car drove into a snow bank and Cooper was seen diving out of the car, and running northbound through a vacant lot, according to the report. The officer ran after him, yelling at him to stop, but Cooper allegedly kept running. Cooper was later found inside a residence just south of where the he was last seen. A stocking cap and cell phone were found next to the car; while in custody Cooper identified the cell phone as his, according to the report.

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