Woman critical after being shot in Fort Worth police pursuit

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by MARCUS MOORE and MARJORIE OWENS

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Posted on August 20, 2013 at 5:24 PM

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FORT WORTH - Police said a woman was seriously injured in an officer-involved shooting Tuesday morning in the parking lot of a grocery store in Fort Worth.

According to a Fort Worth police news release, at 6:57 a.m. officers initiated a traffic stop in the area of I-35 and Carver St. but the suspects, a female driver in her early 40's and a male passenger in his late 20's refused to stop.

Police said the driver hit an unrelated vehicle near 28th Street and Deen Road, but continued to evade police.

Linda Lopez said she was talking to her 22-year-old daughter on the phone when the fleeing vehicle struck her daughter's car.

"We were just having a conversation and she said, 'Mom, I just got hit,'" Lopez said.

Lopez said her daughter appeared to suffer only slight pain in the wreck. However, the back of her vehicle was heavily damaged.

Witnesses said the vehicle struck another car in a Carnival Food Store parking lot off Main Street and NE 28th street before coming to a halt, exiting the vehicle, and fleeing on foot.

The passenger was apprehended a short distance away for evading arrest.

Fort Worth Cpl. Tracy Knight said officers observed the driver had a pistol in her hand, and when she pointed it at a pursuing officer, he shot the suspect.

She was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

Ramiro Pitero said he saw officers fire shots at the woman, who he said initially fled the scene in the opposite direction of the passenger.

"She decided to run back," he said. "When she ran back, the cops shot her."

Pitero said he heard four shots fired.

Police did not release the identity of the suspects at this time.

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