Arrest made in shooting of Forth Worth man protecting his stepson

Posted Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012  comments  Print Reprints

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FORT WORTH -- A 22-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the robbery and fatal shooting of a man who police say was trying to protect his 3-year-old stepson when he was shot.

Jacob Jordan Bright faces a charge of capital murder in the death of Islander Tavira-Hernandez, 21.

Bright remained in the Mansfield jail Wednesday with bail set at $750,000 in the case. He is also being held without bond on a parole violation warrant.

Police say Tavira-Hernandez, his wife, and two stepchildren -- a 10-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy -- had just returned to their south Fort Worth apartment complex in the 1200 block of E. Seminary Drive on the night of Nov. 19 when they were approached by a gunman wearing a ski mask and demanding money.

Frightened, the 3-year-old began to run toward the family's apartment. When the robber began running in the same direction, police say Tavira-Hernandez chased after the man, fearing that the robber was going after the boy.

The robber then shot Tavira-Hernandez multiple times before fleeing the scene on the foot.

Tavira-Hernandez died a short time later at a Fort Worth hospital.

Police did not release additional information Wednesday about Bright's arrest, citing the on-going investigation.

Tarrant County court records show Bright has previous misdemeanor convictions for criminal trespassing, possession of marijuana and theft of stolen property. He was sentenced to two years in prison in July 2011 after his probation was revoked in a possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) case for being kicked out of a substance abuse treatment half-way house, records show.

Jason Clark, a spokesman with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said Bright was released from prison in October 2011 on mandatory supervision. A parole violation warrant was issued against him in February after he absconded from supervision, Clark said.

At the time of the Tavira-Hernandez's slaying, Bright had also been wanted on a warrant from a theft of property case pending in Tarrant County, records show. That warrant had been issued in April after he failed to appear in court and his bond was forfeited.

The theft charge stems from allegations that Bright tried to shoplift women's panties and a bra from an east Fort Worth Walmart, according to a Fort Worth police report.

Deanna Boyd, (817) 390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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