FWPD makes quick arrest in Tuesday’s fatal shooting

Kennisha Jackson
Kennisha Jackson(Allen Co. Sheriff's Department)
Updated: Jan. 15, 2020 at 10:52 AM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Less than 24 hours after a 19-year-old was shot and killed during an argument, Fort Wayne Police have made an arrest in the case.

Kennisha Jackson, 19, is now facing a preliminary charge of aggravated battery in the shooting death of 19-year-old Diquan Meriwether.

The shooting happened at Pontiac Street and Abbott Street on January 14, 2020, inside a home. Police said the violence stemmed from an argument concerning money. Jackson told investigators the victim pulled a gun on her but dropped the gun. She told detectives she picked it up and shot him.

According to court documents filed in the case, a witness to the crime told police she picked Meriwether up and took him to an address on Abbott Street. Meriwether reportedly told this witness he needed to collect some money from Kennisha Jackson.

That witness said Meriwether went inside the home, heard a gunshot, and he came running out of the home, collapsing at the car. The woman was able to get him inside the car and she started driving to his friend’s apartment on Roseview Drive where she picked up another witness.

That’s when she decided to call 911, and dispatchers were able to convince her to stop at Santa Lisa Court and Vance Avenue. Medics arrived at that scene and rushed Meriwether to the hospital where he was declared dead.

Another witness who was inside the home at the time of the shooting said she was upstairs when she heard Jackson and Meriwether arguing. This woman made it halfway down the stairs when she saw both of them standing with guns at their sides. She went back upstairs and that’s when she heard one gunshot.

A short time later, Jackson came up the stairs and the witness said Meriwether ran out of the house. According to court documents, detectives found a red stain on the front porch, front doorway, and in the living room. They also found a bullet hole in the front door, which appeared to have been open at the time of the shooting.

Police said the home appeared to have been cleaned before they arrived. Jackson did not call 911 at any point to report the shooting.

Because this is a preliminary charge, prosecutors could file more serious charges in the future. His death marks the 2nd homicide in Allen County in 2020.

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