WABASH, Ind. (WFFT) -- David Harradon says all was quiet on West Maple Street in Wabash until police officers started knocking on doors early Wednesday morning.
“I looked up and I [saw] red and blues [police lights] so I came outside and I asked the police officer ‘hey, may I ask what’s going on?’ And he said ‘oh, nothing, just get back inside,’” Harradon said.
Officers from the Wabash Police Department and Wabash County Sheriff's Department deputies entered a suspect’s home as part of a much larger narcotics investigation Tuesday between 8:30 and 9 p.m.
“They gave repeated commands that they were serving a search warrant and that they were the police, identifying themselves. No one came to open the door,” Indiana State Police spokesman Sergeant Tony Slocum said.
Slocum says that is when they brought out the battering ram to break through the front door.
A 51-year-old man was waiting inside the house when they entered.
“Early evidence indicates he was holding what we believed to be a handgun,” Slocum said.
The police learned it wasn’t real.
The man was holding an airsoft gun that lacked any identifying markers to show that it was artificial.
Slocum says he refused to put the gun down and one of the deputies fired at him.
Harradon lives downstairs from the man and says he was surprised when the police knocked on his door early this morning.
“I was sitting on the couch in our living room. I did not hear one thing but our walls are pretty thin. We [could] hear our neighbors yelling and everything but we never heard [any] gunshots,” Harradon said.
Another neighbor walked outside Wednesday morning and noticed a bullet-sized hole in the man’s upstairs wall that she says was not there the day before.
Harradon says shootings are rare in the neighborhood.
“It’s pretty quiet. Nobody bothers us, hardly any shootings going on,” Harradon said.
The man was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Police shot a man in his home because they thought he had a gun during a narcotics investigation. Tonight on @FOX55FortWayne hear what the neighbors witnessed as it all went down. pic.twitter.com/OTNkOBvCFa
— Briana Byus (@BrianaByusFOX55) November 24, 2021