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Police arrest barricaded suspect who was shooting at them about every 20 minutes

Fort Worth police release 2018 crime stats

In 2018, the number of Crimes Against Persons dipped 5.3 percent compared to 2017, according to the Fort Worth Police Department.
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In 2018, the number of Crimes Against Persons dipped 5.3 percent compared to 2017, according to the Fort Worth Police Department.

Police arrested a man who was shooting at people from inside a mobile home after a standoff that lasted more than two hours, authorities reported early Friday.

Michael Wittke, 61, was in custody Friday and facing deadly conduct and discharging a firearm charges. Wittke had barricaded himself inside an east Fort Worth mobile home and was firing off rounds about every 20 minutes, according to police.

SWAT officers called to the incident used gas to get the man outside, according to Buddy Calzada, Fort Worth Police Department spokesman.

About 7:10 a.m., the man came out carrying a gun but put the gun down and complied with officers’ orders, Calzada said.

SWAT officers went into the man’s mobile home and found several firearms and multiple pipe-bomb making materials, Calzada said.

SWAT evacuated the mobile home and called for Fort Worth Fire Department Arson and Bomb Squad to assist.

No one was injured, police said. Officers evacuated residents in the mobile home park in the 700 block of Leisure Drive to keep them safe, Calzada said.

Police were responding to a shots-fired call and arrived about 4:35 a.m. after getting reports of about 15 gunshots being fired, Calzada said.

Nearly four dozen patrol and SWAT units responded to the call, according to the police call log.

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