Bomb threat shuts down complex in far north Fort Worth, Haltom City

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HALTOM CITY -- A man reportedly angry at a babysitter because his child was injured was arrested Monday evening after SWAT officers and a bomb squad descended on an apartment complex on the border of far north Fort Worth and Haltom City.

The incident started getting people's attention about 8 p.m. at the Fossil Hill Apartments, 5700 N. Beach St.

Police in tactical gear surrounded a sport utility vehicle with weapons drawn until the driver got out and was arrested.

Earlier Monday, Haltom City police were called to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth to investigate a report of an injured child, said Cpl. Joe Hackfeld, a Haltom City police spokesman.

"While we were down there, we found out the child's father was coming up here to the apartment complex, to the babysitter's apartment," Hackfeld said.

"He was upset, and he had made some threat to kill people and blow the place up."

Police patrol units and SWAT vehicles were seen rushing to the complex. Assisting agencies included Fort Worth, Haltom City, Watauga, the Northeast bomb squad and North Richland Hills.

Hackfeld said events in Boston last week were on officers' minds.

"Obviously with that in mind, we were extra-careful," he said. "If someone says they're going to blow something up, we are getting the bomb squad out."

Even when the man's SUV was surrounded by law enforcement officers, he didn't want to surrender, Hackfeld said.

"So, we had to talk to him without anyone getting hurt," he said.

Ashley Green, who recently moved to the Fossil Creek neighborhood of far north Fort Worth, said police stopped traffic on North Beach Street and kept her from getting home.

Capt. Kevin Rodricks, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said Fort Worth officers assisted with traffic control.

"They did shut down the complex and didn't let people in or out," Hackfeld said.

By about 9 p.m., he said, the crime scene tape was removed and traffic was flowing.

Hackfeld said he did not know if an explosive device was found.

"Now they are back to looking at the scene and investigating the injured child," Hackfeld said.

"We are not going to release any names yet," he said. "We don't know the status of the child yet either."

Correspondent Jimmy Alford contributed to this report.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

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