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Homicide Investigation - E Pettit Ave & Reed St / Hostage Situation 3000 Holton Ave Mar 20 2013

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For Immediate Release:  March 20, 2013

Contact: 260-427-1343



Fatal Shooting Investigation



Date/Time of Incident:    March 20, 2013 at 7:53 a.m.

Location of Incident:       E. Pettit Ave. & Reed St.

Victim:                          Adult female; deceased at the scene.


Fort Wayne, Ind. - On Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 7:53 a.m. officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of E. Pettit Avenue at Reed Street in response to a report of a shooting.  The victim, an adult female, was pronounced deceased at the scene by first responders.
Preliminary reports indicate that the victim was a passenger on a Citilink bus and that the perpetrator was on this bus also.  It is not clear at this time what precipated the shooting incident, but witnesses have reported that the perpetrator pulled the victim off of the bus before fatally shooting her, and then he fled from the scene on foot. It is not clear at this time what the relationship was between the victim and the perpetrator though it is believed that the perpetrator was known to the victim.  A canine unit attempted a track and the track terminated in the area of the 4700 block of Winter Street.
There were several witnesses, which included passengers aboard the Citilink bus, and persons who were in the neighborhood/area.  Detectives are presently interviewing these witnesses, and Crime Scene Technicians continue to process the scene. 
This is an ongoing investigation with the City of Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and the Allen County Coroner's Office.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fort Wayne Police Department Detective Bureau at (260) 427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP [7867].


Raquel Foster


Public Information Officer

City of Fort Wayne Police Department


For Release: March 20, 2013
Contact: (260) 427-1343
Update: Homicide Investigation

Date/Time of Incident: March 20, 2013 at 7:53 a.m.

Location of Incident: E. Pettit Ave. & Reed St.

Victim: JACQUELINE BOUVIER HARDY, Age 49, Of Fort Wayne
Suspect: KENNETH KNIGHT, age 45, Fort Wayne; deceased.
Fort Wayne, Ind - At the scene of the homicide this morning detectives obtained information as to the identity of the murder suspect, Kenneth Knight.  Detectives learned that Knight was the former boyfriend of Hardy, and that Hardy had recently obtained a protective order that listed Knight as the restrained party.  Detectives then identified two possible locations for where Knight could be.  The first location was a home in the 4100 block of Richfield Lane (Knight's last known address) and the second location was a home in the 3000 block of Holton Avenue.
At approximately 10:00 am, the Emergency Services Team and Crisis Response Team responded to the home on Richfield Lane but did not locate the suspect there.  At approximately 12:00 noon, at the Holton Avenue location, the residents of that home fled to safety when police arrived; the murder suspect however remained inside the home with a three-year old toddler.  The Emergency Services Team and Crisis Response Team also responded to this location.  Hostage negotiators made contact intermittently with the murder suspect who refused to surrender and who refused to release the toddler to safety.  There is no known relationship between the toddler/hostage and Knight, and it is not clear what the exact relationship is between the resident(s) of the Holton Avenue home and Knight.
At approximately 4:30 pm, two members (sharpshooters) of the Emergency Services Team each fired a single shot simultaneously upon the murder suspect thereby fatally wounding him, and the three-year old hostage was rescued and was found to be unharmed.  This ended a day-long search for the murder suspect.

The incident remains under investigation with the City of Fort Wayne Police, the Indiana State Police, the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and the Allen County Coroner’s office.  It is the department’s standard procedure when a police action shooting results in the death of any individual for the Indiana State Police to be called upon to conduct an independent parallel investigation to provide an objective view.  Also, in accordance with departmental policy, the two EST members will be placed on administrative leave.

There is nothing further at this time.

Raquel Foster
City of Fort Wayne Police Department

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