43 homicides in Fort Wayne in 2018, nearly half are closed cases

December 29, 2018

The night Michael Ternell Carter was shot to death at the American Legion at Hanna and Lewis streets, his wife, Kanosha was out of town, but it didn’t take long for her to hear the news. 

Part of what upsets Kanosha Carter about the July 29 homicide is the same thing that bothers Garry Hamilton, the Fort Wayne Police Department’s deputy chief in charge of criminal investigations. Witness cooperation. 

At least a dozen people were in the parking lot at the Legion that night, including two other victims, when Carter, 40, was shot multiple times, but no one will talk. Camera surveillance shows the argument, but not the actual shooting, Hamilton said.

Of 43 homicides this year, Carter’s shooting is one of two cases in which the witness pool was large, but cooperation lacking. The other homicide victim shot in front of several people was Alastair Cordell Stephens, 38, in the 3900 block of Bowser Avenue May 8. 

“People should call if they want to make a difference,” Hamilton said. “We can’t do it by ourselves.”

Nearly half, or 21 of the year’s homicides, are considered closed cases, Hamilton said. The department considers cases closed when its investigation rules homicides accidental, in self-defense or when an arrest and charges are made.


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