Death Investigation April 9, 2019

For Immediate Release

April 9, 2019

Death Investigation



Date: April 9, 2019


Time: 6:20 pm


Location: 1700 Block of Lake Avenue


Victim(s): Adult Male (Deceased)


Suspect(s): None at this time




On April 9, 2019 shortly before 6:30 pm Officers responded to the 1700 Block of Lake Avenue just West of Anthony Blvd in reference to a reported shooting.


Officers were advised that witnesses had heard multiple gunshots and had observed a male subject being shot in front of the business and then saw several subjects running from the scene.


Upon Officers arrival on scene they located an adult male on the ground in front of a business suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics and Fire Personnel arrived on scene and pronounced the victim deceased


Detectives and Crime Scene were both paged to the scene and upon their arrival Detectives began to canvass the area and speak with multiple witnesses as what they had seen or heard. Detectives were also attempting to locate any possible businesses or homes nearby with surveillance cameras that would possibly assist them in their investigation. Crime Scene Technicians arrived and began to process the scene looking for any evidence as well to assist in this investigation.


Detectives are asking that anyone with any information that may assist them in this case to please call The Fort Wayne Police Department Detective Bureau at (260) 427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-7867


The Identity of the victim as well as the manner of Death will be released at a later time by the Allen County Coroner’s Office.


This incident is being investigated by the Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Coroner’s Office, and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.


Assisting in this Investigation was the Fort Wayne Fire Department and the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority



UPDATE: On 05-09-2019 US Marshalls apprehended James Dodson on a Murder and Criminal Recklessness warrant issued by the Fort Wayne Police Department. Dodson was wanted in connection with the murder of Michael Lovett Jr on April 9, 2019 at 1718 Lake Ave. Marshalls received information that Dodson was in an apartment in Starkville, Mississippi and proceeded to that location where Dodson was taken into custody without incident. He is currently being held for extradition back to Fort Wayne where he will face charges.

Officer Mark A. Bieker

Public Information Officer

Fort Wayne Police Department