City man arrested in murder attempt

April 13, 2019

Fort Wayne police arrested a local man charged with the attempted murder of a man as he sat in his car in the 3000 block of Adams Street, near Manford Street.

Timothy Leroy Coats, 25, of the 2700 block of Fruehauf Drive, was arrested Thursday and charged Friday with attempted murder, aggravated battery by inflicting an injury that causes a protracted loss or impairment and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

The victim was shot as he sat in the passenger side of his vehicle, cooling off after an argument with his girlfriend about 8 p.m. March 25, when a dark SUV pulled up, according to court documents. The driver pulled off a mask and started shooting.

The victim told detectives he was nervous because of who the driver was and that Coats pointed a gray handgun at him and began shooting. Coats fired a .45-caliber handgun into the victim’s parked red Chevy Cobalt, court documents said.

As he was being shot, he said he jumped out of the passenger window of his car. A witness looked out to see the dark-colored SUV drive away and saw the victim on the ground next to his car.

Despite the danger, the witness ran to the victim pulling him closer to the house, because he was unsure if the shooter was still nearby, he said.

Detectives weren’t able to speak with the victim until he regained consciousness several days after being shot.

He suffered injuries to his heart, liver and femoral artery and required emergency surgery to save his life, court documents said.

Coats was being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail. He has a court hearing Wednesday.