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Man charged with shooting that left victim critically injured

August 7, 2018

A Fort Wayne man is charged with shooting and badly injuring a man last week on the city’s south side. 

Deon Maurice Sanders, 33, was charged today with battery and criminal recklessness in the incident, which occurred at about 4:42 p.m. July 29 in the 800 block of Hamilton Avenue, near East Rudisill Boulevard and Hanna Street. According to police, officers found a man, identified in court documents as James Bartley III, lying in the street. Bartley had been shot and was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition. 

According to court documents, officers learned from witnesses at the scene that Bartley and a witness were visiting a friend nearby. Bartley was outside riding a hoverboard. The witness told police that Bartley had called to say he’d been shot. The witness said Bartley was found in the grass near Hamilton Avenue. Bartley sustained injuries to his left side, left thigh and right foot. 

Bartley told police he was riding his hoverboard when he saw Sanders, who is the father of his girlfriend’s child, on the porch of a house at the intersection of Hamilton and Weisser Park avenues. Bartley said he turned the hoverboard around and headed east on Hamilton. 

“Bartley advised that Sanders stated to him, ‘This is my block,’” court documents state. “Bartley advised he responded, ‘It’s a free country.’” 

That’s when Sanders allegedly approached Bartley, pulled a revolver from under his shirt and fired. Bartley told police at the scene that he did not know how many times he’d been shot. However, Bartley did say Sanders’ first shot “knocked everything out of me.” Bartley also told police that Sanders had hit him in the head “at least five times or more with the gun.” 

Bartley picked Sanders out of a photo array as the man who shot him, court documents state. 

dgong@jg.net

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