Crime

March 3, 2014

Burglary suspect in hospital after being shot by off-duty Arlington officer

Police say the burglary suspect had a crowbar in his hand and refused to comply with an officer’s command to drop it.

A burglary suspect who was shot several times by an off-duty police officer early Sunday remained in an Arlington hospital Monday with wounds described as non-life-threatening, police said.

The suspect, identified as Gary Martin II, was shot when he refused to drop a crowbar and moved toward the officer, police reported.

Martin was confronted by police Lt. Tracy Baker about 5:30 a.m. Sunday in the office of an apartment complex in the 5900 block of Valley Creek Lane in Arlington. A probable cause arrest warrant affidavit provided these details:

Baker, who works off-duty as “courtesy officer” at the apartment complex, was alerted by an alarm about 5:30 a.m. Baker saw the clubhouse front door was ajar and upon investigation saw that the door frame had been split.

Inside the office, Baker said, she saw a man dressed in black with a crowbar raised above his head. Baker ordered the man to drop the crowbar and get on the ground, but instead he walked toward her.

Baker fired several shots, striking the man multiple times as she backed away. He ran outside and got into a gray Dodge four-door vehicle parked in a Whataburger parking lot west of the apartment complex.

The man headed north on South Cooper Street while the officer called dispatchers with a description of the vehicle.

Officer J. Williams saw a vehicle matching the description at South Cooper and Green Oaks Boulevard and followed it with his flashing lights on.

When the vehicle stopped,Williams said, he saw the driver was bleeding. He matched the description of the man Baker said she had encountered. Williams called for an ambulance, and the man was taken to Medical Center of Arlington for surgery. A small crowbar was located in his jacket, officers aid.

Investigators found a trail of blood leading from the clubhouse to the Whataburger parking lot.

Martin faces burglary charges, police said. Investigators are reviewing his case to determine if further charges might be added, police said.

Martin has prior convictions for theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, drug possession and failure to identify, police reported.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

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