FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- We’re learning new details after a Fort Wayne police officer shot a man early Sunday morning following a shootout.
Police say the armed man confronted the officer during what they say was an “intense" gun battle between rival groups.
That man was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
But that was only a small part of the whole picture.
Neighbors say it all started at a block party.
“It was about a quarter till 11 p.m. it was getting out of hand,” Alicia Vargas said.
She lives on the corner of Weisser Park and Maple Grove Avenues.
She says she initially called the police to complain about the party but nothing was done.
“It was over 100 people and it was chaos,” Vargas said.
Neighbors say Maple Grove Avenue was blocked off between Hanna Street and Weisser Park Avenue for the party.
“About an hour later that’s when the shooting started,” Vargas said.
In a statement released Sunday, Fort Wayne Police say officers could hear the gunfire among various groups when they arrived.
“When we opened up the door, the cop was already there, but we did see [a] guy shoot up in the air before all this,” Vargas said.
She said she saw a lot of kids running from the gunfire.
“After the shooting, they were just running through my yard, running, scattered everywhere,” Vargas said.
Police say one of the armed men confronted an officer, who they say was forced to shoot the suspect to save himself and the public.
The officer was not hurt.
Vargas, who’s lived in her home since 2014, says she hasn’t had many issues with crime.
“It’s been a nice neighborhood ever since I’ve been here,” she said. “We’ve never had [trouble]. It’s just the fact when they do have parties, that’s when it gets [chaotic] here.”
She wishes the police would have broken up the party when she initially called.
“This could have been prevented,” she said. “It [doesn't] matter if that guy got shot by another person or whatever, it could have been prevented.”
Police have not released the names of the wounded suspect or the officer, and no charges have been released.
We reached out to the department about whether they were called to the party before shots were fired, but a spokesman says they have no further information to release because of the ongoing investigation.