Police: Man shot by Arlington officer was firing into crowd during melee

Posted Thursday, Jul. 04, 2013  Print Reprints

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A brawl outside an east-side bar early Thursday turned deadly when a 31-year-old man firing into the crowd was fatally shot by an officer, Arlington police said.

Alex Nguyen of Fort Worth was pronounced dead in the parking lot of Saigon Nites, 2410 E. Arkansas Lane, at 1:06 a.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner.

The officer, who works traffic, pulled into the parking lot “just as a matter of routine patrol,” said Sgt. Christopher Cook, an Arlington police spokesman. As he entered the parking lot, he was flagged down by a security guard, who reported a disturbance.

Around the same time, a 911 caller reported a large fight at a local bar involving more than 20 people, Cook said.

When the officer got out of his vehicle, he saw a man firing into the crowd, Cook said.

“This led to a confrontation,” Cook said, and the officer shot Nguyen.

The officer, whose name was not released, has been placed on routine administrative leave with pay. The officer was not injured.

Cook also noted that police did not have reports of anyone injured at the scene.

The fatal shooting was the second at the bar in two years. In July 2011, Austin Nguyen, 36, of Fort Worth was shot multiple times after a fight. In April, the gunman, Nam Bryan Tran, 27, of Fort Worth, was sentenced to 99 years in prison.

The last fatal officer-involved shooting in Arlington also occurred on East Arkansas, in June 2012.

Robbery suspect Alexzander Rye Coan, 23, was shot by officers as they tried to serve a felony warrant for aggravated robberies in Fort Worth. Arlington SWAT officers were asked to assist Fort Worth police after Coan refused to leave an apartment in the 600 block of East Arkansas.

Arlington SWAT officer Bryan Graham was shot in the head during the incident. He survived his injuries.

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