Fort Wayne police officer dies following pursuit

September 11, 2018

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.

For more on this story, visit www.journalgazette.net later today or see Wednesday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette.


Update hourly