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Suspect arrested in fatal shooting, victim identified

An arrest was made Friday in the fatal shooting at the Meijer gas station on Lima Road.

Posted: Nov 25, 2017 12:43 AM
Updated: Nov 27, 2017 8:42 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- An arrest was made in the fatal shooting at the Meijer gas station Thursday night.

Just before noon, police found and arrested 21-year-old Victor Rivera. Rivera shot and killed Jacob Walerko Thursday night in an attempted robbery.

Police found Rivera walking in a mobile home park near Washington Center Road. Officer Michael Joyner told WFFT the public was instrumental in helping them catch the suspect so fast.

"This is Thanksgiving. We had a senseless taking of a life, and I think it hit a chord with everyone in Fort Wayne," Joyner said.

Police also located the clothing Rivera was wearing at the time of the shooting.

Meijer released a statement about Walerko's death saying, "We are shocked and saddened by the events that occured last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our team member, and we are working closely with local law enforcement on the investigation."

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