August 5, 2014

Man, 28, arrested in fatal shooting in west Fort Worth

The mother of the victim alleges the suspect assaulted her son last year.

A 28-year-old man has been jailed in connection with the fatal shooting Monday of a man who had been dating the daughter of the suspect’s girlfriend, police said.

Walter Knight is accused of chasing down and shooting Chazmon Gipson, 23, in the head outside the Cambridge Court apartments in the 8100 block of Calmont Avenue Monday morning.

Homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman said Knight dates the mother of Gipson’s girlfriend.

“There is a reported history of the suspect and victim not getting along,” Loughman said.

Gipson and his girlfriend had apparently just returned home from a doughnut shop when they were confronted by Knight in the apartment complex parking lot, Loughman said.

Police have said the victim tried to flee but the suspect chased him down.

A neighbor said he heard four or five shots ring out and looked out to see a blue pickup leaving the scene.

Officers found the victim with a gunshot wound to the head in the apartment complex courtyard. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Gipson’s mother, Desonya Gipson, said Knight and two others kicked in the door of her son’s apartment last year and “jumped” her son because of fights Gipson had with his girlfriend.

According to the police report, Gipson told authorities that his girlfriend’s family beat and choked him. He refused an ambulance but Desonya Gipson said her son suffered a busted lip and swollen jaw in the alleged assault.

No arrest was ever made, according to the police report.

“I know that Chazmon was no angel because he did get into it with the girl, fights with the girl, but they both were still together every time,” Desonya Gipson said. “... Him and the girl keep getting into it, but they keep getting back together.”

Desonya Gipson said that after last year’s alleged assault on her son, the couple moved to Texarkana with her. She said her son was jailed after getting into another fight with his girlfriend, but the couple quickly reunited.

“She was going down there and visiting him in jail,” Desonya Gipson said. “She drove from Fort Worth to Texarkana every weekend to visit him.”

She said the couple returned to Fort Worth a few months ago and were living together at the complex where Monday’s shooting occurred.

“They’re young kids, trying to be in love,” Desonya Gipson said. “They [the girl’s family] was all in their business.”

Cpl. Tracey Knight, a police spokeswoman, said witnesses identified Walter Knight as the shooter and additional evidence also linked him to the crime.

“Detectives spoke with the suspect voluntarily and he denied participating in the offense,” she said.

Investigators obtained a murder warrant against the suspect, who was arrested Monday evening by Fort Worth fugitive officers.

Loughman said detectives are still investigating to determine whether a second suspect was involved.

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