Mayor Betsy Price has admonished the workers’ compensation company in charge of providing benefits to a police officer who was shot in the line of duty, saying a representative asked “inflammatory questions” the morning after the incident.
Sgt. S. Drake, a 19-year veteran of the Fort Worth Police Department, was shot in the abdomen Thursday night as he and another officer responded to a woman’s 911 call for help with her son.
Drake was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He was resting comfortably after surgery Saturday, according to a Police Department tweet at about 2:15 p.m.
Price said the workers’ compensation representative showed up at the hospital the morning after the shooting and proceeded to ask questions of the family, officers and hospital staff.
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“You have an officer injured and a family trying to figure out what is what, and it is just wrong. I was just furious with this company for using bad judgment,” Price said.
In a letter to the company, CorVel Enterprise Comp, Price said, “Neither I, nor anyone at the City of Fort Worth, would condone this type of behavior during such a critical and sensitive time in the life of an officer.”
CorVel had not responded to calls and emails seeking comment as of Saturday night.
In the letter, Price calls for a meeting Thursday with Gordon Clemons, the company’s CEO, “in order to determine the facts and get to the bottom of this matter.”
Price told the Star-Telegram that the city has had previous complaints about CorVel.
Drake was one of the officers who arrived at a house in the 4800 block of Hildring Drive. The woman who had called for help pointed them toward a back bedroom and said her son had shut himself inside.
When the bedroom door opened, a man fired a handgun, and the officers returned fire.
The man, identified Friday by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office as 40-year-old Wendell King, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Staff writer Mark David Smith contributed to this report.
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