Kind father, troubled son died in Fort Worth shooting

Fort Worth officers recover from shooting

The SWAT teams are gone but neighbors said they're still in shock after Friday night's shooting on the 3800 block of Wharton in Fort Worth.

The normally quiet neighborhood was filled with sirens and officers Friday after two officers were shot when they responded to a possible suicide call at a home. Police said the officers are expected to recover.

Police said they found one elderly man dead inside the home from a gunshot wound and when they tried to speak to a witness out back that person started shooting from a shed.

Police aren't releasing names but the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported the men killed in the altercation were father and son Carl Fleece and Martin Fleece.

Neighbors confirm the men killed were Carl and Martin. Jason Helms lives down the street and said 81-year-old Carl was always friendly and kind while he described his son as "troubled."

"It was clear he (Martin) had problems. I don't know what they were but you could see it troubled Carl quite a bit," Helms said.

Jail records show Martin Fleece had a long criminal history and police said they'd gone to the home on calls before.

"I think he (Martin) was Carl's biggest worry in life," Helms said.

Police aren't saying how the elder Fleece died or whether Martin was killed by police or a self-inflicted wound.

Helms said he's still in shock and while he waits for more information from police he's also praying for Carl's wife, a woman who lost her son and husband in the same night.

"We hope to welcome her back in the community. We're praying for her," Helms said.


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