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January 6, 2014

Suspect identified in fatal Watauga police shooting

A pregnant woman who was attacked Friday remained in a Fort Worth hospital Monday.

A man fatally shot by a Watauga police officer Friday as authorities say he attacked his pregnant girlfriend has been identified as Brandon Melton of Mesquite, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website said Monday.

Melton, 25, died at 11:50 p.m. Friday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, just over 10 hours after he was shot by the Watauga officer. A ruling on his death is pending toxicology.

The pregnant woman remained in a local hospital Monday.

“She’s had a few surgeries and she has more scheduled,” Watauga police Sgt. Jason Babcock said Monday. “The baby is OK.”

The officer, whom Watauga police did not identify, was on administrative leave with pay, Babcock said.

The officer responded to a domestic call about 1:20 p.m. Friday in the 6400 block of Patsy Lane in Watauga.

He was just blocks away when he received the call. He found one woman on the ground and the pregnant woman being stabbed. He fired one shot from about 10 feet away, hitting the suspect in the head, Babcock told the Star-Telegram on Saturday .

“Some type of domestic issue came up between the two, but I don’t know what it was about,” Babcock said Monday.

Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting, but preliminary investigation indicates that the officer acted properly, Babcock has said.

After the shooting, one of the women called 911.

The officer is in his 40s and this is his first job as a policeman, authorities said.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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