Crime

July 29, 2014

Craigslist robbery suspect shot by Fort Worth officer, police say

Police officials say the man, suspected in a string of Craigslist robberies, was in stable condition when taken to a hospital.

A robbery suspect was shot in the leg by a uniformed Fort Worth police officer Tuesday afternoon as officers, some working undercover, swooped in to arrest him and he pulled a handgun, police officials said

The man, described as being in his mid-20s, was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

The shooting occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a business in 6300 block of McCart Avenue.

Robbery detectives and narcotics and zero-tolerance officers were conducing an undercover sting operation involving a robbery suspect, Cpl. Tracey Knight, a police spokeswoman, said.

The investigation stemmed from several robberies in Fort Worth and the Mid-Cities area in which victims were robbed after agreeing to purchase items advertised through Craigslist, she said.

As part of the sting, Knight said, an undercover officer had posed as a customer picking up shoes from the suspect. Officers were preparing to arrest the man after a previous victim identified him as the robber, Knight said.

“He had a handgun. He displayed the handgun. The officer shot him,” Knight said.

The major case unit is investigating the shooting as is routine in officer-involved shootings.

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