Armed with a .22-caliber rifle, John St. Angelo fired at SWAT officers during a standoff last month because they pumped tear gas into the house where he had holed up, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained Tuesday.
“Yes, I wanted them to leave me alone, let the negotiators negotiate,” St. Angelo told a paramedic as he was being taken to John Peter Smith Hospital after the standoff Dec. 31.
Police had descended on the house in the 6800 block of Permian Lane in far north Fort Worth after getting a call that St. Angelo, a suspect in the fatal stabbing of his ex-wife, was there.
Suzanne Parsons, 49, of Haslet had been killed the day before at her real estate office at 4200 Heritage Trace Parkway in Fort Worth. A co-worker told investigators that she saw St. Angelo stab Parsons with a large knife, according to another arrest warrant affidavit.
St. Angelo, 49, remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $1.6 million. He has been charged with murder and three counts of attempted capital murder.
According to the affidavits obtained Tuesday, officers surrounded the house about 11 a.m. Dec. 31. Using a public-address system, police tried to persuade St. Angelo to come out.
Shortly before 2 p.m., St. Angelo fired several shots out a window at SWAT officers who were near the front yard. Using a robot, officers pumped tear gas into the house.
Minutes later, St. Angelo went to the back of the house and fired several times at three veteran SWAT officers who were behind a plastic storage shed in the back yard.
The officers heard bullets “pinging” off a wooden privacy fence 4 or 5 feet away, according to the affidavits.
About 4:40 p.m., St. Angelo surrendered. He had wounds that police have said were self-inflicted and was taken to JPS for treatment.
As St. Angelo rode in a MedStar ambulance, a paramedic asked whether he was shooting at officers, and he replied, “Yes, I wanted them to leave me alone.”
In an interview with detectives at the hospital after his Miranda rights were read, St. Angelo said he shot at officers because of the tear gas, according to the affidavits.
St. Angelo and Parsons married in July 2010. They filed for divorce in May, the same month that Parsons got a protective order against her husband that covered her, his two children who were living with the couple and nine adult family members. The divorce was final Dec. 16.
On Dec. 30, co-workers at Parsons’ Re/Max office on Heritage Trace Parkway told police that shortly before 4:30 p.m., they heard “blood-curdling screams” coming from Parsons’ office. The co-workers went to her door, but it was locked, according to an affidavit.
One co-worker got a key and unlocked the door. She saw St. Angelo standing over Parsons, stabbing her with the knife, according to the affidavit. The co-worker pushed a desk chair toward St. Angelo before the three co-workers ran out of the building.
About 11 a.m. Dec. 31, a woman who lives in the 6800 block of Permian Lane called 911 to report that St. Angelo was at the house, according to a police report.
The woman said she had come home about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 30 and found St. Angelo at her house. She told police that she had met him several months ago when he helped her move.
St. Angelo told the woman that he thought he had killed Parsons, the report stated. Police have not explained why the woman waited 12 hours to call police.