Fort Worth

November 22, 2013

Man shot to death as narcotics officers serve warrant in north Fort Worth

A man in a house on Tulip Tree Drive in far north Fort Worth was fatally shot Friday night by a Euless officer serving on a narcotics task force, according to Fort Worth police.

A man holding a shotgun was shot to death late Friday by a Euless police officer working with a narcotics task force that was trying to serve a warrant in far north Fort Worth, police reported.

The shooting was reported at 8:45 p.m. in the 4000 block of Tulip Tree Drive, according to an initial Fort Worth police report.

Task force members were going through a door when they saw the man with a shotgun, said Capt. Charles Ramirez, a Fort Worth police spokesman. He was told that the officers ordered the man to lower the weapon but that he did not comply.

“Officers feared for their safety,” Ramirez said.

The Euless officer fired and struck the man more than once, Ramirez said

“I’m not sure how many times,” Ramirez said. “He is deceased.”

Neither the dead man nor the officer who shot him had been identified Saturday night.

The officer is on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated, said Euless Police Lt. Eric Starnes.

The Fort Worth Police major case unit is investigating the shooting, said Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office.

Anytime there’s an officer-involved shooting there’s a two-part response, Starnes said.

“Fort Worth will investigate it criminally, and we’ll follow with an internal investigation based on that investigation,” Starnes said. “Tarrant County may also have to do an administrative investigation, because that’s where [the officer] is assigned.”

Four other men in the house were not hurt and were being questioned by police, Ramirez said.

The weapon, Ramirez said, appeared to be a “run-of-the-mill” hunting shotgun. It was not fired, he said.

Fort Worth crime scene investigators were summoned, Ramirez said. He said he saw a plastic bag of marijuana but did not know whether more drugs or weapons had been found.

The narcotics task force involves officers from police departments in northeast Tarrant County, Ramirez said.

Staff writer Terry Evans contributed to this report.

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