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Shootout between vehicles ends with arrests at Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – A chase involving two vehicles and an exchange of gunfire ended with the arrest of three people — two of them inside the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo — on Friday afternoon.

Fort Wayne police said detectives in the Gang and Violent Crimes Unit, along with patrol officers, responded after being notified of a situation in the area of Wells Street and Fernhill Avenue.

A spokeswoman said two cars were involved in some sort of chase, with shots fired between the vehicles.

One car ran into a telephone pole in the 3400 block of Wells Street. Two people then ran into the zoo.

Zoo officials assisted in evacuating part of the popular family destination as police tracked down and arrested the two suspects.

In all, three people were taken into custody. They are:

  • Matthew Thomas Fox Jr. — charged with Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident; Criminal Trespass; Disorderly Conduct; Carrying a Handgun without a License – Level 5 Felony; Criminal Recklessness – Level 5 Felony (shooting a firearm)
  • Jontra Lynn Clark — charged with Criminal Trespass; Disorderly Conduct; Carrying a Handgun without a License – Misdemeanor; Criminal Recklessness – Level 5 Felony (shooting a firearm)
  • Travis William Ladd — charged with Carrying a Handgun without a License – Misdemeanor; Criminal Recklessness – Level 5 Felony (shooting a firearm)

Police recovered two semi-automatic handguns, drugs (including crystal methamphetamine) and drug-related items.

 

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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