FWPD Officers Justified In Using Deadly Force Against Murder Suspect

By Emma Koch
By Stephanie Parkinson

June 18, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2013 at 6:20 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - A deadly police shooting, that happened in March, was ruled justifiable Tuesday. This means no charges will be filed in the case.

In a statement Tuesday the Allen County Prosecutor's Office said the two police snipers, who shot and killed 45-year-old Kenneth Knight on March 20, were justified in using deadly force against Knight.

Knight was wanted for murder after Fort Wayne Police say 49-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier Hardy was dragged off a Citilink bus, shot and killed on the morning of March 20. That shooting happened at the intersection of Pettit and Reed on the city's southeast side.

Police spent the day searching for Knight. Tips from witnesses led police to the 3000 block of Holton Avenue. That's where they located Knight inside a home. He refused to come out of the house. Police then learned he also had a 3-year-old toddler inside the home with him. The child has no relation to Knight.

Police snipers were stationed across the street from the house on Holton Avenue. Police Chief Rusty York told 21 Alive, on March 20, those snipers were told to fire if they had a clear shot of Knight. Just after 4:00 p.m. that day two snipers fired the fatal shots.

The Fort Wayne Police Department conducted an investigation with the assistance of the Indiana State Police. Once that was complete it was put in the hands of the Allen County Prosecutor's Office to make a ruling on if the killing was justifiable. In this case, they decided the snipers were justified in using deadly force.




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