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Man wanted in connection with fatal shooting arrested in Mississippi

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A big break occurs in a Fort Wayne murder case.

The man wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of a Fort Wayne barber has been arrested in Mississippi.

34-year old James L. Dodson, Jr. was arrested in Starkville, Mississippi on Thursday.

A warrant was issued for Dodson’s arrest in late April on charges of murder and criminal recklessness.

We’re told tips from several different sources indicated Dodson was living in an apartment in Starkville.

Armed with the warrant, U.S. Marshals moved in on that apartment and took Dodson into custody without any significant problems.

The victim in the shooting was 47-year old Michael LoVett Jr., the owner of Legendary Barber Shop on Lake Avenue near Anthony Boulevard.

According to court documents, Dodson and LoVett began arguing while LoVett was cutting his hair. A witness was able to calm the argument, and Dodson then left the shop before the haircut was finished.

Dodson allegedly returned to the shop with another individual and shot LoVett before fleeing down Lake Avenue.

Days after the shooting, WPTA21 spoke with LoVett’s brother, Darnell LoVett, who said his brother was loved by many in the neighborhood, who called him the nickname “Champ”. He says he saw his brother as a father figure, someone he looked up to and admired.

Police are still looking for more tips from the public regarding a second suspect linked to the crime.


Ian Hoover

Ian Hoover is the Content Manager of Fort Wayne’s NBC and ABC21. His focus is managerial oversight of content including working with reporters on elements for their stories and with producers for deeper content in newscasts; long-range planning and content development; editorial meeting oversight; and special projects management.

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