FORT WORTH -- A 34-year-old Fort Worth man with a long list of Tarrant County convictions now faces murder and aggravated assault of a public servant charges after police say he fatally shot his roommate, then tried to run over a Fort Worth officer who had responded to the shooting.
Duane A. Rader, who led police on a vehicle chase before jumping a curb at U.S. 287 and Miller Avenue and being taken into custody, remained in John Peter Smith Hospital Friday morning for treatment of a gunshot wound to the leg he suffered when the officer he was trying to run over opened fire at the SUV, said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman.
A hospital spokeswoman said Friday that she had no information on Rader’s condition.
Police believe Rader fatally shot 39-year-old Steven Ewing, whose body was found covered in plastic in the driveway of Ewing’s residence in the 4000 block of Comanche Street.
Homicide Sgt. J.D. Thornton said investigators obtained a murder warrant for Ewing on Friday. He said the suspect and victim, who lived together at the home, had apparently been arguing for several days, possibly over drugs.
Investigators believe Rader had placed plastic over Ewing’s body in preparation of moving the body when he heard or saw police approaching about 6:10 p.m. and instead attempted to flee the scene in a gray sport utility vehicle.
A Fort Worth patrol officer responding to the shooting call spotted the SUV driving away. As the officer got out of his patrol car to check on the plastic-covered form lying in the driveway, the officer saw the SUV make a U-turn, then accelerate straight toward the officer and a man sitting on a motorcycle, police have said.
Police said the officer fired several shots toward the SUV, which drove away. Other officers then chased the SUV, which stopped after jumping a curb at the intersection of U.S. 287 and Miller Avenue.
Tarrant County court records show Rader has 11 misdemeanor and felony convictions dating back to 1997. They range from drug and unlawfully carrying a weapon charges to assault and stalking.