UPDATE: In a statement Cook's friend released to Fort Wayne's NBC she said, "Brandon is really a good man. I know he's scared. I'm scared for him also. I love him dearly. I just want him to turn himself in, and I will support him while in jail or prison.
The statement continued saying,"I'm also giving my condolences to the man's family. Yes it was a terrible accident, and I wish things would have turned out different. I'm very torn up right now."
Fort Wayne police on Friday converged on a business along Goshen Road, thinking they might have found the person of interest they are looking for in connection with a road rage incident that ended as a homicide.
Tips called in by members of the community led the department to Junk Monkey's Garage, where they believed 27-year-old Brandon Cook might be.
More than a dozen police cars and a SWAT-type vehicle swarmed the neighborhood Friday morning, but despite a thorough search, Cook was not located. Investigators did, however, find and question a woman who later told ABC21 that she was with Cook in a pickup truck he was driving when the incident happened Wednesday night.
The woman said Cook got into a dispute with 60-year-old Orlando Fernandez (pictured below) and it escalated. She said Cook became frustrated because Fernandez was not allowing him to merge into traffic on U.S. 30, and the men pulled over to the side of the highway to argue.
The passenger said Cook -- a cage fighter -- punched Fernandez several times before driving off.
Later that night when they watched the news, she said, they learned that Fernandez had died from what the coroner later determined was a heart attack. The case was classified as a homicide on Thursday.
The woman told ABC21 that she told Cook she would not lie to police and has pleaded with him to surrender. She was not arrested and does not face any charges.
As police continue their search for Cook, they are urging anyone with information about him to contact them.