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Police find, arrest suspect in deadly triple shooting

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Joseph Bossard
Hobson and State Shooting

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The alleged triggerman behind a triple shooting that left two men dead and another gravely injured Wednesday evening is now being charged in the crime.

Joseph Bossard, 32, now faces two counts of murder and one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, someone called 911 to report a problem.

READ MORE: Shooting leaves two dead, another injured on Hobson Road

Responding officers weren't sure what they would find. On their way to the area of E. State Boulevard and Hobson Road, dispatchers told police there was a shooting reported in that same area, and the two incidents were likely related.

Police found a car that had left the road and was stuck in the snow. That's where they found three victims -- all suffering from gunshot wounds.

Two of the men died from their injuries, while medics rushed the third man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The coroner's office will release their identities and cause of death after the autopsies are complete.

As homicide detectives began talking with witnesses, they quickly learned some sort of fight erupted into gunfire in the 1900 block of Hobson Road.

Then, more gunshots may have been fired as vehicles left the area.

Authorities were able to nail down a suspect and found him at a home just blocks away from the crime scene on Laverne Avenue.

Because of the violent nature of the crime, authorities called in the Emergency Services Team and Crisis Negotiation Team to help coax the suspect out.

SWAT members tossed a chemical agent into the home that ultimately flushed Bossard out of the home. He surrendered peacefully.

After being questioned, detectives preliminarily charged him with the crime.

If you have any information that might help detectives with their investigation, you're asked to call the Fort Wayne Police at 427-5650 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.

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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