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DOCS: Argument led to fatal barbershop shooting

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — Court documents say the man facing a murder charge in the death of a local barbershop owner got into an argument with the man just before the shooting.

WPTA21 previously reported that Michael LoVett Jr., 46, was shot several times on April 9 near the intersection of Lake and Anthony outside of his business, Legendary Barbershop.

Michael LoVett Jr.

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On Monday, charges were filed against 34-year-old James L. Dodson Jr. in connection to the shooting.

Court documents say Dodson and LoVett began arguing while LoVett was cutting his hair. A witness was able to calm the argument, and Dodson then left the shop before the haircut was finished.

Dodson allegedly returned to the shop with another individual and shot LoVett before fleeing down Lake Avenue.

WPTA21 spoke with LoVett’s brother, Darnell LoVett, who said his brother was loved by many in the neighborhood, who called him the nickname “Champ”. He says he saw his brother as a father figure, someone he looked up to and admired.

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Dodson faces charges of murder, criminal recklessness, and use of a firearm. At the time of this report, a warrant is out for his arrest.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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