FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – He claimed he approached the car for drug dealing.
In his story, he got the deal online and was already suspicious because the price of the drug seemed so low. When he walked around the corner from a gas station on the south side and approached the car, he claims he became nervous because he saw a passenger in the back lean over and kick a another man inside.
This made him think they were going to shoot him.
And that’s why he pulled out his own gun and opened fire.
It’s a decision that will likely cost him two decades in prison.
A 26-year-old Fort Wayne man accused of shooting two men inside a Kia parked outside a gas station in the 4100 block of Hessen Cassel Road last February, reached a plea deal on Thursday with Allen County prosecutors, who will sentence him to 20 years in prison.
Omar Logan admitted the aggravated battery charges in Allen Superior Court. As part of his deal with prosecutors, he will serve 16 years in prison for the aggravated battery charge and four more years for the battery charge.
Two men in the Kia were shot dead at a Shell gas station just before 11 p.m. on February 7, court documents show.
One of the men, Joseph Thomas, was on the phone with a girl when he was shot multiple times and left in a life-threatening condition. Another man, Taron Swazer, was shot in the left leg. After the shooting, the two men were able to get out of the car and get help, police said.
Detectives scoured Thomas’ social media and found messages between him and Logan. Thomas offered to sell drugs to Logan and asked him to meet him at a local house. Logan claimed his truck wasn’t working and asked Thomas to come to the gas station.
Surveillance video showed Logan, dressed in all blue, walking to the car and committing the shooting, according to court documents.
A witness later told police that Logan told her about the shooting and said Logan “had a problem” with Thomas, according to court records. This witness told investigators that Thomas sent threatening messages to Logan, and when he offered to sell Logan drugs at low prices, he became suspicious.
Logan told the witness he became nervous approaching the Kia for the case, saw one man hitting the other and believed his life was in danger, according to court documents.
Logan told the witness “he had no choice but to protect himself,” according to court documents.
After the shooting, Logan moved away and returned to his mother. That’s where detectives found him – dressed in blue just as surveillance video captured the night of the shooting.
As part of his plea deal, Allen County prosecutors will drop charges of attempted murder, battery and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime against Logan, according to reports. court documents.
Logan is scheduled to be sentenced on July 12.