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Police identify officer who fired shot during chase

May 23, 2019

Fort Wayne police identified an officer involved in a shooting at Oliver and Grier streets early Wednesday. 

Officer Christopher Hawthorne fired his gun around 2 a.m. Wednesday during an incident with Shaquille I. Kelly, 26, whom police were pursuing, according to Sofia Rosales-Scatena, city police spokeswoman. 

Police are still investigating whether the shot Hawthorne fired killed Kelly. 

As he was being pursued, Kelly drove his car up on a lawn and through the front exterior of a home at Oliver and Grier streets. Kelly died of a gunshot wound to the chest and the Allen County coroner ruled his death a homicide. 

Hawthorne was commissioned as an officer four years ago. 

Hawthorne was given a letter of reprimand for a vehicle accident in 2016 and suspensions for vehicle accidents in 2017 and 2019.

He was given a meritorious service citation and letter of commendation in 2016.

The investigation is still ongoing, Rosales-Scatena said.  

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