Van Wert man shot and killed late Thursday


VAN WERT — A Van Wert man was shot multiple times and killed Thursday night during a confrontation at Fox Road Apartments.

According to a statement from the Van Wert Police Department, officers were called to apartments at 150 Fox Road shortly before 9 p.m. on report that a man and been shot and that the suspect was still in the apartment.

When officers arrived, they found Christopher D. McMillen, 24, had multiple gunshot wounds. The suspect, Chad D. Phillips, 31, of Middle Point, fled before officers arrived, police said.

McMillen was taken to Van Wert County Hospital and then taken by medical helicopter to Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Phillips was later located by Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office deputies at a house near Middle Point. Phillips was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Phillips was initially charged with attempted murder before officers learned McMillen had died.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation was called to assist Van Wert Police Department personnel at the shooting scene.

Published online at on May 13, 2011 at 8:09 a.m.