A gunman opened fire on patrol officers early Wednesday in a neighborhood northeast of downtown Fort Worth before they shot and killed him, police said.
The suspect had broken into a home on North Retta Street, fought with a resident inside and then fled outside where he fired on both the resident and patrol officers, police said.
No officers were injured in the shooting that occurred shortly after 2 a.m. in the 200 block of North Retta Street.
The gunman, whom police did not identify, was pronounced dead at the scene.
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The other man was taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand.
“We believe he was wounded during his altercation with the other man,” police Sgt. Steve Enright said Wednesday.
Lupe Maceyra of Fort Worth who lives three houses down from the shooting, said she was awakened by the gunfire.
“I stopped counting after four shots,” Maceyra said Wednesday. The shooting took place at the house where her mother and eight other people, including four children, were staying. “I was scared to death because it was at my mom’s house.”
Maceyra said her nephew was shot after he confronted the intruder.
She said the nephew discovered an intruder armed with a shotgun in the house. As the two fought over the gun, Maceyra’s nephew was shot and ran outside, police said.
The suspect left through a back door, circled to the front and fired multiple times at Maceyra’s nephew.
The officers, who also were not identified, arrived at the scene from an Airport Freeway service road, got out of their patrol car and were fired upon, police said.
“They had body cameras, but they didn’t have a chance to turn them on,” Enright said. But a dash cam video in the patrol car captured the shooting, he said.
Initially, police had reported a gun battle between the suspect and resident, but Enright said Wednesday afternoon that aspect was still being investigated.
The patrol officers who shot the suspect administered medical aid, but the gunman died at the scene.
Maceyra said she headed for her mother’s home, but was stopped by police.
“I ran down the street to try and get to the house, but the officers wouldn’t let me,” Maceyra said. “I covered my eyes when I saw the body in the street. I thought it was someone that I knew, but I still didn’t want to look.”
Detectives will be reviewing the dash cam video as well as videos from three home security cameras in the area.
The two officers, both commissioned in June 2011, were placed on paid administrative leave, Enright said.
Internal and criminal investigations are underway.
Detectives and patrol officers remained on the scene at 6 a.m., collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses.
Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763