A suspect in a killing off Jacksboro Highway was shot overnight by a Tarrant County sheriff’s deputy, Sheriff’s Department spokesman Terry Grisham said.
Tony Vincent Novello, 24, was hospitalized after the shooting with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. One officer suffered a minor injury.
Grisham said that undercover officers were trying to serve a warrant for Novello’s arrest around 11:30 p.m. near the 3000 block of Las Vegas Trail in west Fort Worth.
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Officials have not said whether Novello fired at officers first, but Grisham said they felt threatened and at least one deputy shot Novello. Katrina Whorton, a witness, said Novello was in his car trying to flee when officers shot him in the arm.
One deputy suffered a foot injury — Whorton said that Novello drove over the officer’s foot.
Grisham tweeted just before 6:30 a.m. that Novello was being heavily guarded at John Peter Smith Hospital while receiving treatment for a single gunshot wound. Novello was later booked into the Tarrant County Jail, and his bail was set at $50,000.
He was wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man Tuesday at Hilltop RV Park in the 7800 block of Jacksboro Highway in unincorporated Tarrant County.
Novello was visited by a man and a woman about 2 a.m. Tuesday and got into a fight with the man, authorities said. During the fight, Alec Puente, 22, was shot, Grisham said.
Puente was taken to a hospital in Azle, where he died at 2:50 a.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
Novello fled shortly after the shooting and had last been seen driving a black 1990 Honda Accord. The vehicle led authorities to the apartment complex on Las Vegas Trail.
Novello has been convicted of misdemeanor assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest and detention, and unlawful possession of a firearm charges dating back to 2011.
“We’re very relieved that he is in custody, the citizens of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, I think, are safer at this moment,” Grisham said.
The Fort Worth Police Department’s Major Case Unit will investigate the officer-involved shooting by Tarrant County deputies, Grisham said.
Staff writer Ryan Osborne contributed to this report, which includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.