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Fort Wayne man's death ruled a homicide

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 7:35 am

The death of a Fort Wayne man during a disturbance Saturday night has been ruled a homicide.

Darrell King, 45, was strangled, according the Allen County coroner's office, after an autopsy was performed Sunday afternoon.

At 5:14 p.m. Saturday, Fort Wayne Police Department officers responded to a report of a disturbance at a home in the 2000 block of Gladstone Drive, according to police spokesman Officer Christopher Felton. Officers found King unconscious and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Hospital at 6:09 p.m.

Police believe a fight took place between King and another man. Police had a person of interest detained for questioning. Detectives were working to establish the relationship between the men and what led up to the altercation. However, gang activity is not suspected, according to Felton.

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

The Fort Wayne Fire Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.

This is the first homicide within Fort Wayne city limits in 2014.