A Fort Worth police officer was shot Thursday night as he and another officer responded to a woman’s 911 call for help with her son, police said.
When the officers arrived at the house in the 4800 block of Hildring Drive around 7 p.m., the woman pointed them toward a back bedroom and said her son had shut himself inside, said Cpl. Tracey Knight, a police spokeswoman.
When the bedroom door opened, a man fired a handgun, and the officers returned fire.
The man, identified Friday as 40-year-old Wendell King by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 19-year veteran officer, identified Friday as Sgt. S. Drake, was shot in the abdomen, Knight said.
Knight said Friday morning that the officer is out of surgery and stable.
At Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth Thursday night, Mayor Betsy Price said, “We just ask the citizens of Fort Worth to pray for this officer and the doctors.”
Price said she and Councilman Dennis Shingleton left the Stock Show to come to the hospital to show support for the officer.
A neighbor, Brenda Silcox, said King lived with his mother and often mowed lawns in the neighborhood. Online records show King owned his own lawn service, which was advertised on Angie’s List.
Silcox said he often argued with neighbors about city ordinances, police and “whatever struck his fancy.” Silcox said he even lunged at her once.
Silcox, the widow of former Councilman Chuck Silcox, is secretary of the Foster Park Neighborhood Association. She has lived two blocks from King for 25 years and even knew him when he was in high school.
An online police log said the woman who called from the Hildring Drive address could not make contact with her son in his room. The woman reported to authorities she could not hear any noise from her son and worried that he might have a medical emergency.
King has no convictions in Tarrant County, court records show.
Benbrook police arrested King in 2013 in connection with a hit-and-run during which he was accused of shooting at another vehicle, Police Chief James Mills confirmed Thursday night.
Tarrant County court records show that King was booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in June 2013, apparently in connection with the Benbrook case, but was never formally charged.
Mills said he doesn’t know why the Tarrant County district attorney’s office didn’t file formal charges.
Mills said he does not believe anyone was injured in the 2013 shooting but did not have access to the case file Thursday night.
He said Benbrook police had not encountered King again since that incident.
Exactly two years ago, on Jan. 29, 2013, Fort Worth motorcycle officer John Bell was shot three times while pursuing a convicted bank robber in Haltom City.
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