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Fort Wayne Police Homicide detectives arrest two teens in Avondale Drive fatal shooting

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WTAP21) -- Fort Wayne Police homicide detectives arrested two teenagers less than 24 hours after a 19-year-old man was gunned down on Avondale Drive Tuesday.

The FWPD said they arrested 19-year-old Ronnie Miles, Jr. and a 16-year-old teen in the shooting death of Jaden Diaz Lee Nelson.

Due to his age, authorities won't release his name at this point.

Miles, Jr. is facing murder, felony murder, robbery and criminal recklessness charges while the unidentified 16-year-old teen is facing robbery and felony murder charges.

The police department said detectives worked through the night and were able to pinpoint Miles, Jr. as a person of interest.

Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, police picked Miles, Jr. up and took him in for questioning.

After the interview, police filed those charges.

Police also said the juvenile had already been in custody on unrelated charges.

Nelson had been shot in the torso on Avondale Drive at E. Pettit Avenue just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 19.

Police said Nelson showed up to the Philips 66 gas station at S. Calhoun Street and E. Pettit Avenue to get help.

Medics rushed him to the hospital in critical condition but he died.

The coroner ruled his death the 15th homicide of 2020.

This case is still ongoing and if you have additional information, you're asked to call the FWPD Detective Bureau at 427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP.

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.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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