Fort Wayne police: Peaceful Sunday protests in end with shots fired, 1 arrest

Police say one person was taken into custody after someone fired shots late Sunday.

Posted: Jun 1, 2020 1:09 AM
Updated: Jun 8, 2020 10:11 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Police say a mostly peaceful protest downtown ended late Sunday after one person was arrested for firing a gun. 

Fort Wayne Police say the protest started at 2 p.m. and was relatively peaceful compared to the past two days in which officers deployed tear gas at protesters for blocking streets and not leaving. 

FWPD spokeswoman Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena says hundreds of people gathered on the Allen County Courthouse lawn and marched back and forth to the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge.

She said some people threw objects at cars but other protesters convinced them to stop.

Officers drove around the downtown area but were much less visible than those who stood in riot gear the previous two days. 

Rosales-Scatena says things started to heat up around 10:25 p.m. when they received reports of people throwing rocks and milk jugs.

She said once again other protesters stepped in and stopped them before police had to respond. 

At 11:18 p.m., she said they received reports of shots fired in the air at Clinton and Superior streets, just north of the viaduct.

Rosales-Scatena says a suspect was arrested after a short foot chase. Investigators collected four shell casings, she said.

After that, Rosales-Scatena says police started telling protesters over drones and loudspeakers to leave because of the possibility of more gunfire. 

She says officers began pushing protesters out and arresting those who would not leave.

At no time did police use chemical agents or other less-lethal weapons on Sunday, and no one was injured, she said. 

An official number of arrests was not available early Monday morning. 

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