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Opening Arguments

A shooting

A lot going on here:

A standoff between Fort Wayne Police and a suspect in a Wednesday morning fatal shooting ended with a sniper's bullet at around 4:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of Holton Avenue.

Kenneth Knight, 45, was at the house on Holton with several adults and a 3-year- old child when police arrived. Police searching for the suspect after they say a woman was pulled from a city public bus by Knight - her former boyfriend against whom she had a protective order - and shot to death had identified two possible locations where Knight could be. The first location was a home in the 4100 block of Richfield Lane - Knight's last known address - and the second location was a home in the 3000 block of Holton Avenue.

The three adults immediately fled the home when police arrived, leaving the child inside. The Emergency Services Team and Crisis Response Team negotiated with Knight on the phone off and on all afternoon trying to resolve the situation. The child was no relation to Knight.

Three things:

1. Are protective orders like gun control -- they make us feel like something has been accomplished even though the people they're aimed at aren't likely to be influenced by them -- or is that too strong? One thing for sure -- they won't do any good at all if they're not served, which, apparently, this one wasn't.

2. Good for police, and good riddance to the slimebag. Some sniper takeouts are debatable, but this one sure isn't.

3. Shame on the three adults who fled and left the child behind.