Fort Wayne police officer dies following pursuit
Fort Wayne police have identified the officer who died following a pursuit Monday night.
David A. Tinsley, a 16-year veteran with the police department, was chasing a suspect police believe was driving a stolen car, a statement from the department said.
The pursuit began around 11:15 p.m. near Southcrest and Kent Roads and ended at the Rivergreenway near Candlelite Apartments off of Fairfield Avenue just south of Paulding Road.
Tinsley and his officer-in-training chased the suspect, Patrick Anthony Faiers, 49, of Fort Wayne, along the Rivergreenway after Faiers crashed the car he was driving in a wooded area just off the greenway, where he was eventually caught.
On the way back to his vehicle, Tinsley collapsed, a statement from police said. Officers performed resuscitation efforts until medics arrived.
Tinsley was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Faiers was charged with being a habitual offender and resisting, both felonies.
Fort Wayne police are asking for flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of their fallen officer.
Funeral plans are pending.
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