Man shot woman four times; faces up to 6 years after plea

A man scheduled to go on trial next month for attempted murder in the shooting of a woman last September has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Jamarcus A. Cain, 33, of the 1200 block of Francis Street, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Allen Superior Court to a newly filed count of domestic battery, a Level 5 felony, for shooting a woman last September. The open plea means Cain faces up to six years in prison.

According to terms of the plea agreement, if accepted by Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck on July 21, charges of attempted murder, burglary, aggravated battery and a lower-felony count of domestic battery would be dismissed, as well as carrying a handgun without a license in another case.

The victim was shot four times after Cain broke into her home.

During the change of plea hearing, Cain said it was self-defense. Allen Superior Court Magistrate Samuel Keirns asked Cain if the shooting was self-defense or battery. Cain said battery. When Keirns asked why, Cain said, “‘Cause I shot her.”

Shortly after the shooting at 3:11 a.m. Sept. 18 in the 4600 block of Oliver Street, Fort Wayne Police revealed the victim’s identity. Brittney Bruce had been shot in the abdomen and drove herself to the hospital, where she was reported in critical condition initially. Her condition was upgraded to fair by the next day. According to a probable-cause affidavit, Bruce told police she arrived to pick up Cain, who was an ex-boyfriend, but they got into an argument about how she looked. She went home, where they had several argumentative exchanges on Facebook Messaging. Cain then showed up at her home and popped the locked screen door. Bruce told police she and Cain began arguing as he pushed his way into her home.

Bruce then told police Cain pulled out a silver-and-pink revolver and pointed it at her friend’s head and told him to leave, which he did. Bruce told police she grabbed a knife from the kitchen to defend herself and told Cain to leave, trying to push him out of her home. Cain then punched her in the throat and she fell backward. She said she heard a shot and that she felt her T-shirt was wet. She heard other shots but she said she didn’t feel them. She said Cain then left her residence, and her children told her she had been shot, even though she didn’t feel that she had been, the affidavit said.

She then drove to another friend’s residence to drop off her children because she told her friend she had been shot and needed to get to the hospital.

At the hospital, doctors found four gunshot wounds – one to the abdomen, two to the left hip and one to the left thigh, according to the affidavit.