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Scores of Fort Worth officers hunt slaying suspect

Fort Worth police searched for murder suspect Kistun Sean Madewell near Bicentennial Park in Crowley on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.
Fort Worth police searched for murder suspect Kistun Sean Madewell near Bicentennial Park in Crowley on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Star-Telegram

About 100 officers were combing the streets of Crowley Wednesday night searching for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man in Fort Worth last week, police reported.

More than 80 officers from Fort Worth and about 20 from other agencies searched for Kistun Sean Madewell, who eluded undercover officers earlier in the day, police said.

Officers were searching in and around the Bicentennial Park neighborhood.

Madewell is named in a murder warrant in the killing of 29-year-old Christopher Ortega early Friday at a house in the 1500 block of Willow Park Drive. Ortega was found dead on a bedroom floor with at least one gunshot at 4 a.m. Friday.

About 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Madewell was located by fugitive officers at a Johnson County house, Cpl. Tracey Knight, a Fort Worth police spokeswoman, said in a statement.

“Officers arrived at the residence and the suspect fled with a female in a vehicle before officers could take the suspect into custody,” Knight said.

Johnson County deputies and Fort Worth fugitive officers found the vehicle at Texas 171 and County Road 1000, where he had “attempted to drive into a pasture where he stopped and fled with a female who is now in custody,” the release said.

About 5 p.m., officers received information that a truck belonging to a business had been stolen, Knight said.

Because the truck had a GPS installed, it was found about 5:30 p.m., abandoned in the Bicentennial Park neighborhood.

“The systematic search was begun in this area and concentrated on this neighborhood. Resources included patrol officers, tactical officers, crime scene, K9, fugitive and Texas Department of Corrections bloodhounds,” Knight said.

Madewell is white, 6 feet 2 and 270 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Police provided a photo that shows him with a mustache, but they say he may have shaved it.

He was wearing a black knit cap and camouflage coveralls, according to officers looking for him.

Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792

Twitter:@MonicaNagyFWST

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