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PROSECUTOR: No charges filed against officer who shot man, 19

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — The Allen County Prosecutor’s Office has announced that no charges will be filed against the FWPD officer who shot a 19-year-old.

Fort Wayne’s NBC previously reported that FWPD officer Jason Fuhrman responded to a call about a suspicious person behind the gateway plaza off Goshen Rd. on July 15 just before 10 p.m.

According to court documents, Officer Fuhrman said he observed a weapon protruding from the suspect’s waistband, and attempted to confront him. He said the suspect charged at him, and he then shot him.

But the attorney for the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Noah Busche, said Busche did not have a weapon. At last report, police did not recover a weapon from the scene.

“Mr. Busche’s contention is that once confronted by police he ran away, and that was it, that he never charged at police officers,” Busche’s lawyer William Lebrato said.

On Friday, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office said they completed their investigation and determined “there is no evidence of criminal liability in this incident, and therefore no charges will be filed against the officer involved.”

At the time of this report, Busche faces charges including carrying a handgun without a license and resisting law enforcement — both Class A misdemeanors.


 

Officer Fuhrman disciplinary records: 

According to disciplinary records obtained by Fort Wayne’s NBC, this is not the first shooting Officer Fuhrman has been involved in.

Officer Jason Fuhrman

The records show that officer Fuhrman was involved in a police action shooting in May of 2009.

We previously reported that the 22-year-old suspect, Carleon Ragsdale, was outside the Superior Street bus station when Fuhrman claimed Ragsdale pointed a gun at him.

Fuhrman fired at least twice as he ran after Ragsdale and injured him. He was cleared of any wrong doing.

A second shooting incident occurred in February of 2017, when Fuhrman and other officers confronted three men carrying handguns on Alexander Street. The officers ordered the men to drop their guns, then fired at the men as they attempted to flee. It is unclear which officer(s) fired their weapon. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Jazlynn Bebout

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

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