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Details released in shootout, police chase that ended at zoo

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Court documents released in the chase that ended near the zoo say the suspects were meeting up to sell an Xbox before a shootout ensued.

Fort Wayne’s NBC previously reported that three people were arrested at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo on June 14 following a chase in the streets nearby, with shots fired between the vehicles.

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According to court documents, police were told that gunshots were fired followed by an accident in the area of Wells Street around 1:13 p.m. When officers arrived, they were told two suspects, Matthew Fox Jr. and Jontra Clark, had fled the scene towards the zoo.

Zoo employees told police that Fox and Clark were inside the zoo’s property. Employees then evacuated the zoo as the two were possibly armed. Officers then located Fox and Clark and arrested them.

Fox told police that he was being chased by a Chrysler 300, which police found had crashed into a power pole at the scene of the Wells Street accident.

The driver of the Chrysler 300, Abby Mowery, allegedly began to chase Fox down Wells Street, when she said Fox started shooting at her car. Clark, the passenger in Fox’s car, told police that people in the Chrysler 300 began firing shots at them, so Fox started shooting back while he was driving.

Police identified the passenger in the Chrysler 300 as Travis Ladd. Ladd told police that he and Mowery were going to meet Fox to buy an Xbox. He said Mowery saw Fox at a gas station near Lima and drove towards him. Ladd said he then saw Fox get out a gun and point it at him, and a chase ensued.

Ladd said he and another passenger in the car, Curtis Mowery, shot at Fox’s car to “scare him”.

Police recovered evidence from the cars including:

The trio face charges including illegal possession of a handgun and criminal recklessness. At the time of this report, Curtis Mowery and Abby Mowery have not been charged.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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