A 22-year veteran of the Fort Wayne Police Department was identified as the officer who shot a man early Saturday on the city’s north side.
Larry L. Tague Jr., a second-shift detective, was working an off-duty, part-time assignment in the 1500 block of Production Road, near West Coliseum and Executive boulevards, police said.
Tague was sitting in his vehicle around 3 a.m., police said, when he was approached by Anthony Wayne Lincoln, who lifted his shirt to display a handgun tucked into his waistband. The gun was later found to be an authentic-looking pellet-style handgun, according to police.
Lincoln started to remove the weapon as he stood at the officer’s door. In response to the perceived threat, Tague drew his weapon and discharged it, striking Lincoln, police said.
As of Tuesday, Lincoln, 28, was reported in critical but stable condition. Charges are pending, police said.
Information on Tague provided by the police department states he was hired in October 1995 and has been disciplined and commended. He has had suspensions for improper conduct in 1998 and 2004 and a suspension for going AWOL in 2011. He also received a letter of reprimand in 2011 for the late submission of reports.
Tague received two letters of excellence in 1998, a meritorious service citation in 2006 and 2013 and a letter of commendation in 2008, 2014 and last year.
His transfer record indicates he had a temporary assignment to the Vice and Narcotics Division in 2000 and was transferred to the Detective Bureau in November 2014.