A local teen was shot dead by police yesterday on the southeast side of town. 19-year-old Tavontae Haney ran from police after a traffic stop. Now civil rights activists are looking into possible wrongdoing.
Rev. Saharra Bledsoe with the Fort Wayne NAACP addressed the media today.
"The first thing you need to do is remain calm, the second thing is to never run," Bledsoe told WFFT.
It all started with a traffic stop. Police pulled over Tavontae Haney near the intersection of Congress and Gaywood. Haney and the driver of the car ran from police. According to the police report, Haney confronted police and was fatally shot. The driver of the car was able to get away.
Eyewitness accounts tell a different story.
WFFT spoke to several witnesses who did not want to appear on camera. They say Tavontae was facing a house with his hands in the air when police shot him several times in the back. According to the police report.. officers found a firearm near the suspect's body.
Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York says Tavontae was trying to use that weapon to harm officers.
The officers involved in this shooting are on administrative leave for the remainder of the investigation. Police Chief York is meeting with Rev. Bledsoe this week to discuss the shooting investigation.
To contact the Fort Wayne NAACP, call (260) 426-3049.
To contact the Fort Wayne Police Department, call (260) 436-7867.