Fort Worth SWAT officers shoot man after suspect raises weapon

A man who barricaded himself inside a Westpoint home less than fifty yards away from Tannahill Intermediate School was shot early Monday morning by the Fort Worth police SWAT team as he came out of the house carrying weapons.

The incident began about 11:30 p.m. the night before in the 10800 block of Fandor Street near the school. According to reports, police were told a man locked himself in a bedroom and was armed.

Reports stated that the man had pulled out a gun during an argument with his wife, threatening her and their two children, which prompted one of the children to call 911.

“When officers arrived, they encountered the 53-year-old white male suspect inside his home holding a firearm,” a Fort Worth Police Department news release stated. “He expressed his desires for police to leave and exhibited behavior that led the officers to believe he was going to use his firearm if they didn’t. The officers complied and left the residence.”

The wife told police the couple had been arguing for most of Sunday and “during one of these arguments he pointed a handgun at her and the older son,” the release stated.

When the suspect went to a different room in the house, a 15-year-old child called 911 and the the mother and children left the house.

The Fort Worth SWAT team tried to negotiate with the man. He finally came out of the house at about 4:30 a.m. but was carrying weapons.

“After an elapsed time of approximately 4 hours the suspect came to the door armed with several weapons,” the news release states. “He failed to comply with the directions of the officers to put his weapons down and at one point the suspect raised one of the weapons he had in his possession and was shot by SWAT officers. He went to the ground and was treated on scene by a trauma doctor who was standing by. The suspect was quickly transported to a local hospital where he was last listed in serious condition.”