Off-duty Irving officer shot in domestic dispute

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An off-duty Irving police officer was shot twice Tuesday during a domestic dispute with his estranged wife, who later committed suicide.

Tiffany Spencer, a Mansfield family law attorney, allegedly shot her husband Brandon Spencer outside her home on Retta-Mansfield Road near Mansfield in unincorporated Tarrant County. The incident happened at about 9 p.m., according to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.

Brandon Spencer ran to a neighbor’s house and emergency officials were called. He was taken to a Fort Worth hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening, said Sgt. Clint Harwell, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

After the shooting, Tiffany Spencer got in her vehicle and left the house. She was found inside her car in the 6100 block of County Road 608, dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators also found other supplies to end her life inside the car, including a hose attached to the car’s exhaust, Harwell said.

The couple, both 41, are estranged and Brandon Spencer does not live in the house on Retta-Mansfield Road, Harwell said.

According to Tarrant County court records, Tiffany Spencer filed for divorce from Brandon Spencer on June 28. The case was still pending when the shooting occurred.

According to her petition, the couple were married on Oct. 18, 1997, but had ceased living together as husband and wife on May 20 of this year. The couple have a 12-year-old daughter, the court records show.

Brandon Spencer has worked for the Irving Police Department for 18 years and is assigned to the investigative services bureau, according to the Associated Press.

Star-Telegram reporter Deanna Boyd contributed to this report.

Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326 Twitter: @jessamybrown

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