Police: Homicide numbers don't tell whole story

Brinden R. Hall Fletcher, 25, died at a hospital after being shot in the parking outside the Kroger on the West State Boulevard Monday evening.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2018 9:19 PM
Updated: Nov. 13, 2018 10:25 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Allen County Coroner's office has identified Allen County's 40th homicide of 2018.

Brinden R. Hall Fletcher, 25, died at a hospital after being shot in the parking outside the Kroger on the West State Boulevard Monday evening.

Police said Fletcher was involved in a drug deal that went bad when he was shot.

Another man was found in the parking lot and was still in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

Most homicides in Allen County happen inside Fort Wayne's city limits, however police said those numbers don't tell the whole story because of Federal criteria.

"Justifiable homicides are not part of that number you would see the coroner report," said Michael Joyner, Fort Wayne Police Department spokesman.

Joyner said, so far this year, there have been 33 homicides that fit the definition. In 2017, there were 37.

However, that's still 33 too many.

"You would think individuals would learn nothing good comes from this, that taking of a life, you go to prison," said Joyner.

Joyner told FOX 55 officers are doing what they can to curb violence, but they can't be everywhere.

That means it is up to the community to help.

"Get them the necessary counseling, get us involved. If you don't seem to be able to make a difference. Get us involved, get us the information, we'd love to be able to head them off," Joyner said.

He added potential criminals need to think twice.

"Crime's not going to get you anywhere. Selling drugs isn't going to you anywhere. Get an education, get a job, and do something lawfully," said Joyner.

Police urge anyone with any information about any crime to give them a call.

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