$10K reward offered in Fort Wayne slayings-arson

By The Associated Press

FORT WAYNE — Federal and local authorities offered a $10,000 reward Wednesday for information in the shooting deaths of a convicted drug dealer and a woman whose bodies were found inside a burning home last month.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fort Wayne police and fire departments posted the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the July 18 fire and slayings of 41-year-old Terry Lagrone and 19-year-old Desiree Sheets, The Journal Gazette reported.

“This was a vicious and senseless act of violence and those responsible need to be caught and held accountable for their actions,” Christopher Hyman, acting special agent in charge of the ATF’s Columbus Field Division, said in a statement.

Lagrone had a criminal history involving drugs, including a 1997 conviction for dealing cocaine that led to a 20-year prison sentence. Court records show he was released in 2008. There’s no record of Sheets being arrested in Indiana.

Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF at (260) 424-4440, Fort Wayne police at (260) 436-7867 or Fort Wayne firefighters at (260) 427-1478. Callers may remain anonymous.
Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York said “this type of crime cannot be tolerated and we are committed to utilizing resources from all of our law enforcement partners in resolving this matter.”

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