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Domestic Dispute Between Brothers Ends with One Being Shot and Killed by Arlington Police


Arlington, Texas. July 16, 2017

The Arlington Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance around 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in the 2100 block of Park Springs Blvd. A third-party complainant contacted 9-1-1 and reported that a male suspect had pulled a knife and gun on his friend and provided officers with the address of the apartment where the incident was occurring.

As officers arrived, they located the disturbance and quickly isolated an adult female and male subject by having them exit the apartment. Officers later determined that this adult female and male were the suspect’s mother and brother. Based upon preliminary facts obtained, the domestic disturbance was between the two brothers.

Officers determined that a felony criminal offense of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon was committed by the suspect against his brother prior to their arrival. Officers were in the process of trying to negotiate a peaceful surrender of the male suspect when they saw him placing body armor on his person and displaying and pointing a handgun towards officers at the apartment. Officers backed out of the doorway and set up a perimeter as they continued to have dialogue with the suspect to surrender. The suspect was making statements for the police to shoot him. Officers remained calm and tried to reassure the suspect that he needed to peacefully surrender.

At one point, officers heard a loud noise when it is believed that the suspect was able to gain entry into an adjacent vacant apartment. This allowed the suspect to flee to the parking lot where he forcibly took a motorist’s car at gunpoint. The citizen in the car was not injured and freely cooperated with the suspect’s commands to exit the vehicle. The suspect then drove northbound on Park Springs Blvd. while officers pursued him. At some point during the evasive driving attempts by the suspect, he turned eastbound onto Shady Valley Drive and appeared to lose control of the car. The driver’s side front tire was deflated, possibly after striking an object or curb. The suspect abandoned the car at this point. 

The suspect then exited the vehicle, still wearing body armor and carrying a handgun. He proceeded northbound in the 3800 block of Shady Valley Drive. Officers reported that he was walking near private residences and knocking on a door. At one point, the suspect emerged from between two houses and there was a confrontation between the suspect and an officer. The officer discharged his weapon and struck the suspect. Despite life saving measures by officers on scene, the suspect was pronounced deceased.

No officers or other citizens were injured during this incident. The department continues to interview officers and witnesses to create a sequencing of events that transpired. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the deceased once next of kin notification has been made.

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