Fort Worth robbery suspect dies after shootout with officer

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FORT WORTH -- A police officer who was shot in the leg during an exchange of gunfire with a robbery suspect Wednesday morning used a recently issued trauma kit to treat his wound before paramedics arrived, police Chief Jeff Halstead said.

Officer Marty Stone used scissors in the kit to cut his uniform and make a tourniquet that he applied to his wounded leg.

"Basically, he stabilized himself," Halstead said.

Stone, 33, was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital and was later released.

The robbery suspect, who was shot several times, was identified as Brandon Smith, 29. Smith died in a JPS operating room at 8:07 a.m., the Tarrant County medical examiner's office reported.

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

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

Last month, a police sergeant used his new trauma kit to help save a man who had been stabbed in the stomach during a robbery, police reported.

Halstead said Stone's reactions reflected his eight years on the police force and his military training. Stone is an Army veteran who served in Iraq in 2003.

"This was a violent scene," Halstead said.

Stone responded to a robbery call from a Whataburger in the 6400 block of Brentwood Stair Road shortly before 6:30 a.m.

As he drove up, a witness pointed to a man in black hooded jacket running into a residential area.

"The officer saw either money falling out or being thrown by the suspect," Halstead said.

Stone drove after the man, then got out of his car when the man ran to the back of a house.

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

The man reappeared at the back of the home, pulled out a semiautomatic and fired once, hitting Stone in the right thigh. Stone fired back, hitting the man several times.

Halstead noted that other officers brought Stone's wife to the hospital and made sure his children made it to school.

Staff writer Deanna Boyd contributed to this report.

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