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Soldier accused of killing Arlington gym owner in handgun showdown

Soldier accused of fatally shooting Arlington gym owner

Anthony Lee Antell Jr., 35, was fatally shot Monday, May 2, 2016, after confronting Pvt. Ricci Chambles Bradden, 22, of Dallas outside an Arlington Walgreens. (Video by Ryan Osborne)
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Anthony Lee Antell Jr., 35, was fatally shot Monday, May 2, 2016, after confronting Pvt. Ricci Chambles Bradden, 22, of Dallas outside an Arlington Walgreens. (Video by Ryan Osborne)

An Arlington fitness coach who got a handgun from his car after he saw a gunman fire at a woman outside a Walgreens store Monday morning tried to stop the gunman from driving away and was fatally shot, police reported.

The suspect, Pvt. Ricci Chambles Bradden, 22, of Dallas, turned himself in a few hours later in Hill County after being advised to do so by his Army superiors at Fort Hood.

Bradden told the Army officers that as he ran to his truck after shooting at his wife’s feet, a man appeared with a gun and told Bradden to drop his, Arlington police said.

Bradden said he slapped the stranger’s gun out of his hands and then shot him, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Anthony Lee Antell Jr., 35, was pronounced dead at 11:49 a.m. in the parking lot of the store at 5600 New York Ave. near Southeast Green Oaks Boulevard, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported Monday night.

Antell was owner of CrossFit Abattoir, 5500 S. Cooper St., according to his Facebook page.

Antell’s wife saw the shooting, Star-Telegram media partner WFAA reported.

According to a news release from Arlington police, the first 911 call was received at 11:50 a.m.

Bradden’s wife, a Walgreens employee, told investigators that she was surprised to see her husband show up at the store because he was supposed to be at Fort Hood.

The wife said she and Bradden walked outside to talk, and Bradden became very angry and shot close to her feet. Bradden shot a second time and hit her in the “ankle area,” the arrest warrant affidavit said. She ran into the store and “yelled for help.”

She was taken to Medical Center of Arlington, where a homicide sergeant interviewed her. Her wound is not life-threatening, police said.

An armed Good Samaritan was shot and killed outside a Walgreens in Arlington Monday, after a woman was hot.

An executive officer in Bradden’s Army unit told police he and two Army supervisors talked to Bradden on the phone about 12:20 p.m. Bradden said he was driving south on Interstate 35E near Waxahachie.

Bradden told the officers that he shot at his wife’s feet and then at a man who told him to drop his gun, the warrant affidavit said.

The Army supervisors told Bradden to turn himself in. Bradden is an active-duty soldier assigned to the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Hood, Fort Hood spokesman Chris Grey said. According to the Army, he is a petroleum supply specialist who entered the Army on July 21, 2015. He arrived at Fort Hood on Jan. 3, 2016.

A family member took Bradden to the Texas Department of Public Safety in Hill County, Arlington police said.

Bradden spent Monday night at Hill County Jail. He was booked into Arlington jail at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday with his bail set at $500,000. He faces a murder charge.

Ryan Osborne: 817-390-7684, @RyanOsborneFWST

Monica S. Nagy: 817-390-7792, @MonicaNagyFWST

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