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Chase, crash lands man linked to 2015 fatal shooting back behind bars

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - A Fort Wayne man who was linked to a 2015 slaying is now in trouble with the law again.

Vicxon Gray, 21, is facing resisting law enforcement and driving without a license charges, and may also be in trouble for violating his probation in connection to other crimes.

Police said 21-year-old Vicxon Gray was behind the wheel of a car that led officers on a chase. Dec. 10, 2019.

Back in 2015, Gray pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal in the shooting death of Melvin Palmer III.

Prosecutors at the time gave Gray a deal to avoid jail time so long as he testified against brothers Kamari and Shakidi Underwood.

Those brothers ended up pleading down to one count of voluntary manslaughter and are currently serving a 15-year sentence for the crime.

Gray was also previously sentenced on an unrelated robbery charge. In that case, the judge handed him a 3-year sentence to be served consecutively with his assisting a criminal conviction.

On Tuesday evening, a patrol officer in an unmarked police SUV headed northbound on Oliver Street approaching Capitol Avenue.

The officer said he spotted a red Oldsmobile speeding and roll through a stop sign.

The officer decided to pull him over, and he activated his police lights.

Instead of stopping, police said Gray hit the gas, accelerating to 65 mph and running a red light at McKinnie Avenue and S. Anthony Boulevard.

Then, police said he accelerated to 80 mph in a 35 mph zone, running through even more red lights on S. Anthony Boulevard and E. Pontiac Street.

As Gray tried to turn onto Milan Street, the car ended up crashing into a fire hydrant and into a tree.

A police chase ended in a crash Tuesday evening on Milan Street. Dec. 10, 2019.

Police ordered Gray out of the vehicle, and then later learned he was wanted for multiple felony arrest warrants.

Detectives also learned Gray's pregnant girlfriend was in the passenger's seat.

Gray has an initial hearing for the probation violations on Thursday.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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