Fort Worth police shoot, wound woman after chase

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A woman whom police tried to stop on a traffic violation led authorities on a brief chase Tuesday morning before she smashed into a vehicle, drove away from the wreck and was shot by an officer when she pulled a gun on them in a grocery store parking lot, police said.

The shooting occurred in the parking lot of Carnival Food Stores, 102 NW 28th St. as shoppers entered the store and morning commuters passed through a busy intersection nearby.

“I heard three shots and then a woman screaming,” Carnival employee Roxanna Perez said. “I thought it was one of our customers at first, but then I realized it wasn’t.”

The 42-year-old woman, whom police did not identify, was seriously wounded and was taken to a hospital. No officers were injured, said Cpl. Tracey Knight said a few hours after the shooting.

A male passenger who had been with the woman was arrested after he jumped from the vehicle and was captured after a brief foot chase. Police did not identify him, either.

Police said they tried to stop the woman for traffic violations about 7 a.m. near Interstate 35W and Carver Avenue, but she drove away and smashed into another vehicle at Northeast 28th Street and Deen Road. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured, Knight said.

The wreck didn’t stop the driver, though, as she continued to the Carnival grocery store parking lot at the corner of North Main Street and Northwest 28th, just north of the Stockyards.

After coming to a stop, the woman pulled a gun on officers, and one of them shot her, police said. Knight declined to comment on any details of the shooting, saying it was still under investigation.

“It was a very serious situation in a highly populated area,” Knight said.

Perez, who had been working at the grocery store’s gasoline booth at the front of the parking lot, said she heard the gunshots.

“I looked out my door and I saw this guy running towards O’Reilly and the officers tackled him,” Perez said.

O’Reilly Auto Parts manager Henry Gonzalez said he had just let in an employee about 7 a.m. Tuesday when he saw a man run to the front of his store and get tackled by three Fort Worth patrol officers. O’Reilly is at Northwest 28th Street and Ellis Avenue, just west of the grocery store parking lot.

“One officer had either a gun or a Taser out ready to use, but the man wasn’t fighting,” Gonzalez said. “As that is going on, I looked up to the parking lot and saw an officer shoot his weapon.”

Tuesday’s shooting is the first involving Fort Worth police since officer R.A. Hoeppner killed an armed 72-year-old homeowner May 28 while responding to a burglary call in the Woodhaven neighborhood.

Knight said later Tuesday afternoon that no names will be released “until the investigators have completed all interviews with witnesses and suspects.”

She said the officer who shot would be “placed on routine administrative leave during the investigation.”

“Please understand that this is an ongoing investigation of a critical police incident,” Knight said in a news release. “As in all officer involved shootings, major case detectives will conduct a thorough, complete and transparent investigation.”

Staff writer Bill Miller contributed to this report.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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