A burglary suspect holding a raised tire iron in his hand charged at a police officer early Thursday and was shot by a second officer, police reported.
After he was wounded, the suspect, identified as Jaden Williams, 18, threw the tire iron at Officer C. Vistine, hitting him in the head, Cpl. Tracey Knight, a police spokeswoman, said in a news release.
Both officers then “engaged the suspect” and arrested him, the news release said.
Williams was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital under police guard. His injury was not life-threatening. Williams was still there late Thursday afternoon and had not been booked into jail.
Vistine was treated at the scene for a minor head injury, Knight said.
The patrol officers were responding to a burglary call about 2:30 a.m. Thursday from the Wind River Apartments, 2824 Westwind Circle, off Las Vegas Trail in far west Fort Worth.
As they searched the complex, Vistine and Officer M. J. Rowell spotted Williams in the patio of an apartment. Williams “charged at Officer Vistine with the tire iron, which was raised in an aggressive and threatening manner,” the news release said. Rowell fired at Williams to stop him.
After he was shot, Williams continued toward Vistine and threw the tire iron.
Williams faces charges of aggravated assault on a public servant, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and failure to identify as a fugitive. Also, an arrest warrant had been issued for him in an unrelated case of aggravated robbery.
Rowell and Vistine have been on the Fort Worth force since 2010.
When the police investigation is complete, the case will be turned over to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office, the news release said.
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