Man killed in Haltom City shootout was a convicted bank robber

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FORT WORTH -- A 32-year-old man who was fatally wounded during a shootout Tuesday in Haltom City that left a Fort Worth officer seriously injured was a convicted bank robber who was wanted on three drug-related warrants, records show.

Haltom City police had been trying to stop Cody Ira Loron of Fort Worth in his vehicle as part of a narcotics investigation when he led officers on a chase. He later ditched his vehicle and fled on foot, running to an auto body shop on Carson Street.

Fort Worth motorcycle officer John Bell and another officer had been visiting with the owner of 2nd Opinion Auto Center on an unrelated matter when they learned about the search. An employee then told the officers that the suspect was behind the business.

Cpl. Joe Hackfeld, a Haltom City police spokesman, said Loron was hiding inside a vehicle on the business's lot.

The officers were looking for him when Loron opened fire, prompting at least one of the officers to return fire, officials say.

Bell, whose 21st anniversary on the Fort Worth force is in March, was shot multiple times. He was to undergo surgery Wednesday at Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital where he remained in serious condition, officials said.

"Officer Bell is in good spirits with his family at his side," the department stated Wednesday afternoon on Twitter.

Loron was pronounced dead at 5:44 p.m. at John Peter Smith Hospital of multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and extremities, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

Multiple identification cards were found in Loron's car, officials said.

Federal court records show that in July 2002, Loron pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery and was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison and three years supervised release.

His parole was revoked in February 2009 for violations that included failing to participate in random drug testing, using and possession of methamphetamines and cocaine, and associating with a known felon. He was sentenced to another year in federal prison and 18 months supervised release

In September 2010, his parole was revoked again after the court found he had used and possessed methamphetamine and failed to appear for drug testing. He was sentenced to another six months in prison, records show.

In Tarrant County, in November 2011, Loron received three years deferred adjudication probation after pleading guilty to attempting to possess a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a state-jail felony.

Last month, a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed a drug test and failed to appear in court, according to Tarrant County court records.

At that time, warrants were also issued on two other charges against Loron, one for possession of a controlled substance and the other for delivery/manufacturing of a controlled substance, both involving methamphetamines.

Texas Rangers are investigating Tuesday's shooting. The Fort Worth police major case unit is conducting an internal review.

Police Chief Jeff Halstead returned from a trip out of state Wednesday morning and visited the injured officer.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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