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No charges in July police-involved shooting

September 12, 2018

A police officer who shot a man on the city’s north side while working off-duty July 28 acted in self-defense, the Allen County prosecutor ruled Wednesday.

No charges will be filed against the officer, a statement from Prosecutor Karen Richards’ office said.

“The officer involved was justified in using force, as he reasonably believed that force was necessary to prevent serious bodily injury or death to himself and other officers,” statement said.

Larry L. Tague Jr., a second-shift detective and 22-year veteran of the Fort Wayne Police Department, was sitting in his vehicle around 3 a.m. in the 1500 block of Production Road when he was approached by Anthony Wayne Lincoln, police said.

Lincoln lifted his shirt to display a handgun tucked into his waistband and then started to remove the weapon as he stood at the officer’s door, putting Tague in fear of his life. Tague drew his weapon and discharged it, striking Lincoln, police said.

Lincoln’s gun was found to be a pellet style, but authentic looking handgun, police said.

Tague was working an off-duty, part-time assignment, police said. 

No charges have been filed against Lincoln in the incident. Lincoln was critically injured but survived the shooting. 

jduffy@jg.net

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