Police release names of officers involved in shooting

(Photo Provided/Allen County Sheriff's Department)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Wednesday morning the Fort Wayne Police Department released the names of the three officers involved in the shooting of an armed robbery suspect Sunday evening.

The shooting took place around 8:15 p.m. Sunday after police received a report of a robbery at a Dollar General store. The two robbery suspects eventually fled out the front door after police surrounded the building. That’s when Anthony Gant, 43, of Fort Wayne was shot by Officer Daniel L. Hartman, who has been on the force since September 16, 2011. The second suspect, Christopher D. Johnson, 31, of Fort Wayne was captured after he ran from officers. Gant’s condition was initially listed as critical but stable, however as of Wednesday morning there have been no further condition updates. Police have yet to reveal exactly why Hartman fired on Gant.

The following is a listing of the disciplinary history and commendations for each of the three officers involved:

Daniel L. Hartman – hired September 16, 2011

  • Disciplinary action – a letter of reprimand for a police vehicle accident in 2013
  • Commendations – none

Jason V. Palm – hired October 12, 1995

  • Disciplinary action – a letter of reprimand for a police vehicle accident in 1998, a letter of reprimand for a police vehicle accident in 2002, a letter of reprimand for a police vehicle accident in 2008 and a suspension for a police vehicle accident in 2010
  • Commendations – A letter of excellence in 1998, an award of excellence in 2002, a letter of commendation in 2004, a letter of commendation in 2009, a letter of commendation in 2010 and a letter of commendation in 2013

Bradley L. Griffin – hired December 15, 1999

  • Disciplinary action – none
  • Commendations – Award of excellence in 2002, a letter of commendation in 2004 and a letter of commendation in 2007.

This is the second officer-involved shooting involving the Fort Wayne Police Department in 2015. The first took place in June on Saint Mary’s Avenue when an officer shot and killed a man who failed to comply with his orders after answering the door with a gun.

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