Fort Worth robbery suspect dies after gun battle with police

Posted Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013  Print Reprints

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FORT WORTH -- A police officer who was shot in the leg during a gun battle with a robbery suspect Wednesday morning used a recently-issued trauma kit to treat his wound before paramedics arrived.

The officer, identified Wednesday afternoon as east division Officer Marty Stone, used scissors to cut his uniform and make a tourniquet, which he applied to his leg wound.

"Basically he stabilized himself," Police Chief Jeff Halstead said.

Stone, 33, was treated at John Peter Smith Hospital and later released.

The robbery suspect, who had not been identified as of Wednesday afternoon, was shot multiple times by the officer and later died at JPS.

Halstead said the trauma kits were issued to officers after they researched the aftermath of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., where a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 70.

"We have to take an aggressive approach to taking care of serious wounds," Halstead said.

Halstead said Stone's eight years with the police department and prior military training enabled him to remain calm. The officer is a U.S. Army veteran who was deployed to Iraq in 2003.

"This was a violent scene," Halstead said.

The officer responded to a robbery call at a Whataburger in the 6400 block of Brentwood Stair Road shortly before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

As he drove up to the scene, a witness pointed to a man in black hooded jacket running into a neighborhood.

"The officer saw either money falling out or being thrown by the suspect," Halstead said. "The officer who was still in his car chases the suspect who was on foot."

The officer got out of his car when the suspect ran to the back of a home.

"He heard a kicking noise like someone was forcing their way in," Halstead said.

The suspect then reappeared at the sound end of the home, pulled out a gun and fired one round from a semi-automatic pistol at Stone, striking the officer in the right thigh. Stone returned fire, hitting the suspect several times, police said.

Stone is married and has a family.

Halstead noted how fellow officers rushed to help the fallen officer's family, making sure his children made it to school and bringing his wife to the Fort Worth hospital.

Staff writer Deanna Boyd contributed to this report.

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