FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Fort Wayne Police responded to a home in the 4900 block of South Harrison St. just after midnight on Aug. 14 and found Antonyo Stephens dying from multiple gunshot wounds.
Stephens would die a short time later, but by day’s end investigators arrested Markquiel Derrick just south of Indianapolis, the man suspected of pulling the trigger.
Sergeant Sofia Rosales-Scatena, Public Information Officer with FWPD, says an officer’s new body camera captured Stephens’ final words, leading them to Derrick.
"We did get a dying declaration from the victim of that homicide as well as a motive for his shooting," Rosales-Scatena said. "Our officers were able to use that information to track him down and find him."
The body cameras were approved for full implementation by Fort Wayne City Council at the end of July, amid calls from the public for officers needing them after the Black Lives Matter protests in May and June.
Currently, Rosales-Scatena says about 20-25 of the department’s 400 plus officers are wearing body cameras, provided by Watchguard. That’s because they’re still in the early phases of testing them out.
Rosales-Scatena said "We’re working out bugs in terms of buffering, in terms of downloading, those kinds of things. There are some things that do need to worked out, given their implementation to our platform, but we’ve only had minor issues at this point, and only with a few cameras."
Full implementation of the cameras won’t happen until the end of 2022, but Rosales-Scatena says officers are glad they’re helping and aren't concerned they will reveal any wrong-doing by the officers when are fully implemented.
"We’re happy to have them. Obviously they’re proving helpful in cases like this and we’re hopeful it helps us solve a lot more crime," Rosales-Scatena said.