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Man stabbed during domestic argument

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Fort Wayne police are investigating a homicide, but there's a possibility no charges will be filed.

"The street was just lit up. There were like 20 police cars and a young man was lying in the yard over there across the street," neighbor Paula Corey says.

The Allen County coroner says that man was 32-year-old Jonathan Darrel Wade.

At about 9:15 Wednesday night, police got a call about a family fight where someone was armed.

As officers made their way to 4612 Standish Drive, dispatchers told them the man believed to have a gun had been stabbed by someone in the home.
Neighbors say Wade banged on the door two houses down but collapsed on the lawn.

"EMS came up and the fire trucks came up, they tried to resuscitate him and could not," Corey says.

Corey lives right across the street and says Wade's family members congregated in her driveway as they got word what had happened.

Police say a young adult family member intervened in the argument between Wade and some women in the home, and stabbed him.

An autopsy found Wade died of a stab wound.

Police confirm they'd been called to the same home once before for a domestic issue.

"We encourage victims to call us so that we can help because at the end of the day that's what we want, too. We want to get them the resources they need that they may have been kept away from for years and years," Officer Lisa Woods says.

While she says that police have responded to fewer domestic battery calls in the past three months than the same time span last year, the CEO of the YWCA says their hotline for help has been ringing off the hook.

"People have been locked up together for months. There is a heightened level of fear and anxiety generally in our community right now and that plays out in the way that people interact with each other. Domestic violence is spiking right now in our community," Paula Hughes-Schuh says.

Police have interviewed several people who were inside the home at the time and say they all cooperated with the investigation.

Detectives have not arrested anyone in Wade's death, and it will be up to the prosecutor's office to decide whether anyone should be charged.
Jonathan Wade is the 31st homicide of the year.

If you or someone you know needs help with a domestic violence situation, call 1-800-441-4073.

Someone will answer your call 24 hours a day.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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