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DIGGING DEEPER: PFW professor set to appear in court, as charging documents lay out case

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Donald Linn arrest

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - A chemistry professor at Purdue University Fort Wayne is set to appear in an Allen County courtroom Tuesday for an initial hearing on a felony charge involving an incident at a restaurant.

Donald Linn Jr. was booked late last week on a count of Pointing a Firearm at Another.

Prosecutors decided to file the charge more than two months after Linn allegedly became involved in a political argument, then brandished the weapon inside a busy restaurant.

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

Charging documents show that Linn interacted with customers at staff and Dicky's 21 Taps, a bar and grill on South Maplecrest, Nov. 21.

What began as political chatter, the probable cause affidavit alleges, escalated to a threatening situation.

According to documents, Linn began pointing at another customer during the encounter.

Dicky's staff warned him to "stop discussing politics," then told him to settle his bill and leave.

The affidavit continues:

Linn is seen on video, getting up from his bar stool and standing and dancing around at the end of the bar. Video then shows Linn retrieving his wallet and throwing a bill, later identified as a President Trump $100 bill, at (a restaurant employee)...

Linn takes a step back and then draws a black handgun from a holster that is located on his right hip with his right hand and points it at the subject. Linn then starts to back out of the bar area. Linn is clearly visible on the video pointing the gun in random directions at people in the bar area as he leaves the restaurant. Linn can be seen on video continuing to point the gun into the bar and restaurant area until he exits out the main entrance and heads west.

Purdue Fort Wayne University Police handled the investigation, though the matter happened miles from campus. ABC21 is inquiring with the university and Fort Wayne police about the process that place the case with the school's law enforcement agency and not FWPD.

ABC21 has reached out to Linn in an effort to discuss the matter. University officials two weeks ago declined comment, then, on Saturday, told ABC21 that the school has placed Linn on administrative leave.

A spokesperson said that action was taken in December, when the administration became aware of the incident.

Linn's PFW web page, meanwhile, appears to have been taken offline late last week.

The charge against him is a Level 6 felony. If convicted, he would face a possible jail term of less than 2.5 years and a possible fine.

Linn's hearing is set for 8 a.m. Tuesday. He is free on bond, pending trial.


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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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