Deputy constable killed man who pulled gun, official says

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A Tarrant County deputy constable “made a split-second decision that most likely saved his life” Thursday night when he fatally shot an armed man while serving a warrant, Precinct 7 Constable Clint Burgess said Friday.

The deputy constable, Chris Salone, 35, and an investigator from the Texas attorney general’s office, who was not identified, were serving a warrant for unpaid child support about 8:30 p.m. at an apartment in the 2200 block of Taxco Road, authorities said.

Salone and the investigator said the man pulled a 9 mm handgun from the waistband of his trousers, Burgess said in a emailed news release.

Salone shot him in the chest, the release said.

The man was identified as Scott Holland, 42, by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead at 8:59 p.m. on the patio of his apartment.

“Deputy Salone made a split-second decision that most likely saved his life, a state investigator as well as possibly many innocent citizens standing nearby,” Burgess wrote in an email.

The gun had a bullet in the chamber, Burgess said. Neither Salone nor the investigator was injured.

The Fort Worth Police Department’s major-crimes unit will investigate, and Salone will be on administrative leave during the investigation, Burgess said.

Last year, Salone ran for the Precinct 8 constable’s office. He told the Star-Telegram that constables need to “do more than ride around with blinders on and serve civil papers in that community.”

“If the county just wants us driving around, issuing papers, we wouldn’t be issued a badge and a gun,” Salone said. “We wouldn’t be required to be peace officers.”

Salone finished third in the three-man race.

Fort Worth police Capt. Charles Ramirez said the case would be presented to a grand jury. He declined to release more information.

Staff writer Bill Miller contributed to this report, which includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Terry Evans, 817-390-7620 Twitter: @fwstevans

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