Northeast Tarrant

Armed woman was near school when Watauga officer shot, killed her, police say

A woman shot by Watauga police has died in a Fort Worth hospital, authorities said.
A woman shot by Watauga police has died in a Fort Worth hospital, authorities said. Courtesy

An officer responding to a call reporting a person with a weapon walking down a street near a middle school shot and killed the armed woman, the Watauga police chief said Wednesday.

The officer encountered the woman, later identified as Brandy Caldwell, 46, of Watauga on Tuesday afternoon near Watauga Middle School and fired one shot, Police Chief Robert Parker said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

“He immediately went to administer aid to her,” Parker said.

Caldwell was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where she died Tuesday night, according to the TaRrant County Medical Examiner’s website Wednesday. She was pronounced dead at 8:49 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital.

A ruling on her death will be made pending an autopsy.

Caldwell was shot about 4 p.m. Tuesday in the 6300 block of Watauga Road.

“The officer saw her in a yard,” Parker said. “She was not at her home.”

Caldwell had been walking west on Watagua Road, armed with a handgun, police said. She was near Watauga Middle School and Grace E. Hardeman Elementary School, which had just let out for the day.

Police locked down the schools for a short time after the shooting.

“We don’t believe she had fired the weapon before the officer arrived,” Parker said. “And we also have no reason to believe she was headed to the school.”

The police chief said investigators had not determined how long Caldwell had been walking down the street with the handgun. Parker did not know if Caldwell had a permit to carry a weapon.

Caldwell lived less than a mile from where the shooting occurred.

The officer, whom police did not identify, was not injured. He has been a police officer for 20 years, and he was placed on leave.

The Texas Rangers have been called to help investigate.

Staff writer Mitch Mitchell contributed to this report.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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