Man shot, killed after driving vehicle at Fort Worth police, authorities say

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FORT WORTH -- Rosie Mosquada heard the shots Saturday night on Pecan Street and opened her front door to see a man yelling out for someone to call 911.

"I yelled, 'It's OK. The ambulance is on its way,'" Mosquada said from her front yard Sunday afternoon. "We didn't go out to him because I didn't know if the shooting was over. I then heard someone order us back inside of our home."

By the time paramedics arrived, Sixto Quezada, 22, was dead on a driveway in the 3100 block of Pecan Street, shot multiple times by Fort Worth police officers who reported that the young Fort Worth man drove a vehicle at them.

Crime-scene investigators spent most of Sunday in the Pecan Street neighborhood, collecting evidence in the fatal shooting of Quezada, who died of multiple gunshots to his chest, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's website Sunday. His death was ruled a homicide.

"No additional information yet as this is an active investigation," Fort Worth officer Tracey Knight said in an email sent Sunday afternoon.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave, authorities said. Police did not release any information on the number of shots fired or the names of the officers.

Bricks from a smashed mailbox lay scattered near Pecan Street where residents said Quezada's sports utility vehicle ended up after the shooting.

"One shot went through our house," said Brooke Ortiz, who lives on Pecan Street and at the residence where the mailbox had been smashed. "It didn't hit anyone."

Mosquada and other family members said Sunday that they heard at least 12 shots Saturday night.

Officers responded to a shooting call on Pecan at 10:15 p.m. Saturday. A victim was found and taken to a local hospital. The condition of the victim was not known Sunday.

Officers got a description of a vehicle that may have been involved -- residents said it was a white sports utility vehicle that had been driving up and down the street blaring loud music.

When officers located it later that night in the 3100 block of North Pecan, a man was sitting behind the steering wheel.

Police said the man drove at them and officers fired because they feared for their lives. Officers also believed that an officer had been hit by the vehicle.

Quezada had a criminal history in Tarrant County, according to Tarrant County criminal court records. From December 2008 until July 2010, Quezada had been arrested nine times, all by Fort Worth police.

The charges included burglary of a vehicle, evading arrest, drug possession and assault/bodily injury. In each of those cases, Quezada was sentenced from 40 to 60 days in jail, according to records.

But it was his last arrest that landed him in a Texas prison. He was sentenced to three years in prison for deadly conduct in July 2011, according to Tarrant County records. State prison records were not available Sunday.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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