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Fort Worth police: Teen shot by officer had grabbed gun from waistband

An 18-year-old serial robbery suspect shot by a Fort Worth police officer Tuesday afternoon had ignored officers instructions to put his hands in the air and instead grabbed a handgun from his waistband, police said Wednesday.

The teen was shot in the leg. The wound is not life-threatening, police said.

His name and mug shot are being withheld, police said, because investigators are still conducting photo lineups with people who reported being robbed.

He faces charges of aggravated assault on a public servant, aggravated robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a police report. He was in the Mansfield jail Wednesday with bail set at $60,000.

The 18-year-old and another man arrested Tuesday are suspects in several robberies in Fort Worth and surrounding cities in which they arranged to buy and sell athletic shoes through Craigslist and Facebook with the intention of robbing the people who responded to their ads, police said.

On Tuesday, undercover officers met the 18-year-old suspect in the parking lot of a business in 6300 block of McCart Avenue. The officers were accompanied by a person who had reported being robbed and who identified the suspect to officers. Uniformed zero-tolerance officers moved in to arrest the man.

“The suspect did not follow police instructions to raise his hands and reached into his waistband to a handgun that was clearly visible to the officers,” Cpl. Tracey Knight, a police spokeswoman, said in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon.

“When the suspect raised the gun, officers were in fear for their safety and shot the suspect.”

A second man was arrested near the scene. He was in the Mansfield jail Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated robbery and on local warrants, with bail set at $25,000, jail records show.

Knight said the officer involved in the shooting, J.R. Ricks, will be placed on routine administrative leave. He has been with the department since December 2004.