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Fort Wayne police and fire briefs

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 8:33 am

Man shoots himself in hand

A man told Fort Wayne Police he accidentally shot himself in the hand while unloading his gun Saturday evening.

An officer responded to Parkview Randallia at around 5:15 p.m. Saturday in reference to a possible shooting victim who had left the scene in the 2100 block of Eden Street, according to a police report. The officer was told by dispatch the man had shot himself in the hand while in a blue Lexus in a parking lot. The office saw a car in the emergency room parking lot that matched the description of the car. The passenger got out of the car with his right hand wrapped up. The driver told police he and a friend were at Eden Green when his friend went to unload his gun and it went off, striking him in the hand. He said he had told his friend on several occasions he needed to take a gun safety course, according to the report.

The man who had shot himself told the officer where in the car he had been when the accident occurred and officers found corresponding stains to match. They also saw a bullet-sized hole in the exterior of the front-seat passenger door, but no holes on the exterior of the door. After examining the scene the officers removed the pistol.

Man stabbed early Sunday on High Street

A police officer responding to a fight call found a man with a knife wound to the head. According to a report the following occurred:

At 12:45 a.m. a Fort Wayne Police Department officer found another man in the street who was pointing to a knife on the ground and told him that was the weapon. The victim was sitting on a front porch. He had a bloody towel to his head and showed the officer the wound near his hairline on his forehead, which was pumping blood when he removed the towel. The victim said he believed he knew the two men who had stabbed him and believed the incident revolved around a watch. He said he had been down by the street when he saw the two men running at him. He said they tried to jump him. He told them they didn’t have to do that but they continued and one of them threw a knife at him that struck in him in the forehead. The man said he wasn’t sure which of the men had thrown the knife, but it was lodged in his head, and he had forcibly pulled it out. The man was listed in good condition after being taken to Lutheran Hospital.

A witness said she had seen a group of six men fighting in the street. She then saw the victim who had been struck by the knife running down the street and the other men dispersed; three ran west and two ran north, she told police.

Pizza deliveryman throws pizza at robber and runs

A Vito’s Pizza driver was robbed in the 700 block of Home Avenue at around 2:24 a.m. Sunday but threw the food at the robber.

According to a report from the Fort Wayne Police Department they responded to Vito’s Pizza in the 4300 block of South Anthony Boulevard. They were told one of Vito’s delivery drivers was robbed while making a delivery on Home Avenue.

The driver told the officer he first stopped at a different house but was told they had not ordered the food, so he called Vito’s to double check on the address and was told a number in the 700 block. When he arrived a young man was sitting on the front porch. He pulled $4 out of his pocket to pay the driver, who told the man it was $9.50. The man said he was going for more money from his girlfriend, and turned toward the door. The driver noticed the door was locked and all the lights were out in the house. The man then turned back around and was holding a semiautomatic gun. He asked the driver for his money and the food. The driver said he told the robber, “Man, it’s only a 10-piece,” and threw the food at him. He then ran back to his car and left. A woman who had been riding with the driver described the incident as well and provided police with a description of the robber.

Two people were stripped naked, pistol-whipped and robbed Thursday

According to a report from the Fort Wayne Police Department officers responded to a call at around 11:30 a.m. Friday in the 300 block of Masterson Avenue by a man wanting to report an armed robbery. The man who lived there said he had been having trouble with his landlord for the past few days. The woman wanted him to pay his rent early.

According to the report the following occurred:

The man said he had been sitting on the porch at around 10:22 p.m. Thursday with a neighbor when two men walked onto the porch and quietly asked where his money was. One of the men then pulled a chrome- and-wood-handled .38 revolver out and stuck it to his head while the other man pulled out a 9mm and placed it in his lower back. One of the men then pistol-whipped him on the right side of his head above his ear. The men forced him and his friend through the open door to his upstairs apartment. While walking up the stairs he was again pistol-whipped by one of the men. Once they got into the apartment they forced the two into the bedroom where the men made them strip naked and lay face down on the floor. The man said he pleaded for his life because he thought they would shoot them. One of the men said told him he wasn’t going to kill him but just “do him again.” He then pistol-whipped him in the back of the head. The men asked where his weed was and then stole the man’s money, his Indiana ID, a silver metal watch, keys to his apartment storage unit and his Samsung galaxy cell phone. The man said after they left he was so shaken up he fled the scene and he didn’t call the police that night because he was upset.

Transmission equipment overheats

The Fort Wayne Fire Department, responding to a structure fire at 12:11 a.m. today at Summit Transmission at 2133 Coliseum Blvd. W., found overheated equipment that generated enough smoke from the roof-line to alert a passerby.

Crews shut down power to the equipment and cleared smoke from the structure. The incident caused minor fire, water and smoke damage.