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DIGGING DEEPER: PFW professor arrested, charged following incident with gun at restaurant

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - A longtime professor of chemistry at Purdue University Fort Wayne has been arrested, charged with a felony count stemming from a November incident involving a gun at a Fort Wayne restaurant.

ABC21 began Digging Deeper into the conflict involving Donald E. Linn Jr. earlier this month, repeatedly contacting officials at the public university regarding the matter.

Though the location of the confrontation is not associated with the campus, Fort Wayne Police Department officials told ABC21 that the Purdue Fort Wayne University Police Department was handling the investigation.

The school-based department has full police powers and its website notes that its "jurisdiction currently extends beyond the campus property to the entire state of Indiana."

Requests for information from the university's police department went unanswered, and a spokesperson for the administration told ABC21 last week: "We cannot comment on this matter at this time. We hope to be in a position to do so in the very near future."

On Saturday, the university provided the following statement:

Purdue University Fort Wayne is aware of the charges against Don Linn, a professor of chemistry, which resulted from an off-campus incident in November. Our first priority, of course, is campus safety. When the university was alerted to the incident in December, Dr. Linn was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of these charges against him. We cannot comment further on this or any personnel matter.

Records show that Allen County Superior Court Chief Judge Fran Gull on Thursday approved a warrant on a single count of pointing a firearm at another individual, a Level 6 felony.

ABC21 has learned that the incident took place at Dicky's 21 Taps in the 2900 block of South Maplecrest Road.

A manager at the restaurant declined to discuss the encounter.

Linn's university web page, meanwhile, was taken offline within hours of his arrest.

His resume shows he has been a professor there since 1988.

The PFW web page for Prof. Donald Linn was inactivated around the time of his arrest

ABC21 has renewed its request for information on the investigation.

A Level 6 felony is the lowest level of felony charge in Indiana, most often involving a sentence between six months and 2.5 years, if incarceration is ordered upon conviction. A fine of up to $10 thousand may also be levied as punishment.

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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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