Private investigator, 66, fatally shot in Benbrook

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A 66-year-old private investigator was shot and killed during an apparent domestic disturbance in Benbrook on Tuesday.

Benbrook police were dispatched to a reported shooting around 3 p.m. and found Richard Alan Slatkin dead, according to Chief James Mills.

Slatkin had been shot once in the chest, Mills said.

Police arrested Johnny Patton Jr., 65, on suspicion of murder. Patton is the chief executive officer of Patton Energy Partners, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He remained in a Benbrook jail Thursday.

“We still have a lot of people to talk to and a lot of information to gather. There’s a lot of unknowns,” Mills said. “There was some type of confrontation there in the street that resulted in a shooting.”

Mills said the shooting occurred on Lombardy Terrace at Crosslands Road, outside a woman’s residence.

“One was moving in and one was moving out,” Mills said. “It’s not really clear who resides there and who does not.”

Court records indicate that the shooting occurred outside the home of Catherine Slatkin, who is the victim’s ex-wife and Patton’s current girlfriend.

Catherine Slatkin referred questions to Patton’s attorney, Kelly Puls, who did not return a message seeking comment.

Patton’s sister, Debbie, said that her brother has been living with Catherine Slatkin for some time and that Richard Slatkin had apparently stopped by the house to pick something up.

She said witnesses have told her that her brother was defending himself.

“I do know that Richard was running at him and threatening to kill him, and Richard had before threatened to kill him,” Debbie Patton said.

She said her brother had called 911 prior to the shooting because of Slatkin’s behavior.

Mills said Johnny Patton Jr. called the Police Department’s non-emergency line, but the chief declined to discuss details of that call.

He said Patton’s claim of self-defense was being investigated.

Slatkin worked for Investigation Resource Service, whose website offers services including tracking cheating spouses, background investigations, child support collection and sweeping properties for bugging devices.

Tarrant County court records paint a complicated picture of the parties involved in Tuesday’s shooting.

Catherine Slatkin filed for divorce from Richard Slatkin in December 2012, and it was made final in May. The couple had one child together.

A second child, born in January 2012, was determined through genetic testing to belong to Jason L. Patton — the 32-year-old son of Johnny Patton Jr., court records show.

Johnny Patton Jr. had previously been the subject of a protective order in Tarrant County.

In 1999, his sister alleged that he had threatened her and once pointed a gun at her head because of a dispute over their deceased father’s estate. Johnny Patton Jr. denied the allegations and appealed.

Debbie Patton later asked for the protective order to be dismissed, court records show.

She said Thursday that she and her brother had reconciled in recent months. She blamed their previous problems on her brother’s wife.

She said her brother is now in the midst of a contentious divorce.

“The last couple months, we’ve gotten back together and it was beautiful,” Debbie Patton said. “He is sweet. He’s tender. He is the brother I grew up with.

“He is the wonderful brother that I remember.”

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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