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Fort Worth police officer shoots man after responding to domestic disturbance call, chief says

Fort Worth police said the incident happened at 4900 block of Rutland Avenue on Saturday afternoon.
Credit: WFAA

FORT WORTH, Texas — Fort Worth police (FWPD) responded Saturday to an officer-involved shooting, department officials confirmed to WFAA. 

FWPD said the incident happened at 4900 block of Rutland Avenue on Saturday afternoon. Officers responded to a domestic disturbance call in the 4900 block of Odessa Avenue, which is adjacent to Rutland Avenue. The shooting happened on Rutland Avenue, police said.

At about 12:24 p.m., officers arrived on scene. About a minute later, the suspect fled out the back of the residence and the officers chased after him, Fort Worth Police Chief Neil Noakes said at a press conference. A taser was deployed against the suspect, but was said to be ineffective at subduing him.

At 12:26 p.m., Noakes said the suspect presented a deadly threat to the responding officers, which put them in fear of their life. A 15-year veteran with the department fired at the suspect, who was struck at least once. 

Officers immediately rendered aid to the suspect, Noakes said, who was then taken to the hospital. He is said to be in stable condition at this time. 

Noakes said a handgun was located on scene in the immediate area of the suspect. Police will be investigating whether the gun was pointed at officers. 

Noakes said the taser deployment will be investigated to determine the cause.

Details of the call, Noakes said, include the sister of the victim saying her brother was threatening her with a firearm, and that responding officers were aware they may encounter a gun. 

Four case detectives, four internal affairs detectives and the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office responded to the scene and will be conducting an investigation. 

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