Stand off with suspect in Realtor murder ends in Fort Worth

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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Posted on December 31, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 11:23 PM

FORT WORTH –– Fort Worth police said the ex-husband of a Realtor who was stabbed to death at her office Monday was responsible for a stand off that lasted nearly five hours Tuesday, according to Fort Worth Police Cpl. Tracey Knight.

John St. Angelo walked out of the home and was taken into custody by SWAT officers just before 4:45 p.m. Family members say his divorce with Suzanne Parsons, the stabbing victim, was finalized last week and that Parsons had applied for a protective order against St. Angelo.

"He breaks things, screams and has threatened me before about this," Parsons wrote to the judge in her protective order application. "I have left him in the past and should have never went back. Another lesson learned."

The Fort Worth Police Department’s SWAT team surrounded the home in the 6800 block of Permian Lane just before noon Tuesday in a search connected to Parsons' murder.

Officers fired tear gas into a home, sent in a robot to check on the suspect's status, and blew the garage door off to prepare to enter it. There was a large SWAT presence on the block, including an armored truck and a mobile command vehicle.

The suspect fired at officers several times while from inside the home, but police never returned fire, according to Knight. No officers were injured in the stand off, however.

Finally, St. Angelo came down the steps of the home and surrendered. He had multiple self-inflicted gunshot wounds, according to Knight. He was taken in an ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital non-life threatening but serious injuries, according to MedStar.

Officers are now going through the home as a crime scene.

Suzanne Parsons, 49, was identified Tuesday morning. The mother of three died at 4:38 p.m. Monday in her RE/MAX real estate office on Heritage Trace Parkway near the Alliance Town Center. 

Eric LaMay, a coworker of Parsons who lives in the neighborhood, said the past 24 hours have been surreal.

"She's just going to be remembered as someone who would do whatever you asked her to do," he said. "I mean, she wouldn't take any of your mess if you were giving her a hard time, but if you needed something from her, she found the time.

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