Prosecutor: Fort Wayne police shooting justified

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana prosecutor has ruled no charges will be filed in a case where Fort Wayne police fatally shot a teenager after he pointed a gun at police officers while trying to flee a traffic stop.

Prosecutor Karen Richards issued a statement Wednesday saying witnesses told state police that 19-year-old Tavontae Haney of Fort Wayne was shot by police after he pointed a gun at them. Police have said the shooting occurred after Haney fled on foot from a traffic stop after the driver of the car he was in did not stop at a stop sign.

Allen says police ordered Haney to drop his weapon at least twice. He died at the scene.

Allen says no charges will be filed because the officers fired at Haney in self-defense. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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