Fort Worth officer arrested for DWI, gun violation

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on December 26, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 26 at 7:57 PM

FORT WORTH — A Fort Worth police officer is off the job — not only charged with DWI, but investigators say he was driving around shooting a handgun with a convicted felon.

Fort Worth police Officer Daniel Gonzalez had to turn in his badge and gun Monday while he's investigated for drunk driving and giving a firearm to a felon.

A Tarrant County constable called 911 after seeing two men shooting at a street light and a sign.

Police said the two men appeared to be drunk when they were questioned a short time later inside an IHOP at Beach Street and Loop 820.

Investigators said Officer Gonzalez was with 26-year-old Bobby Newton. Records show Newton has served time for drug possession and other charges.

Newton was arrested for unlawful possession and discharge of a firearm.

Officer Gonzalez is 35 years old. He joined the force in 2002. He's been placed on restrictive duty.

More than a dozen Fort Worth police officers have been disciplined for DWI since 2008; many of them were fired, and one of them was responsible for causing a fatal crash.

Commenting on Monday's arrest, Chief Jeff Halstead said DWI won't be tolerated, but added that his department is working to address the broader issue of alcohol abuse by officers.

"We will continue our efforts to address this tough issue through training, education, and employee assistance programs," Halstead said in a written statement. "I will also continue to take decisive disciplinary action when the public's trust and safety are jeopardized. This behavior will not be tolerated, period."

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