A gunman accused of shooting at North Richland Hills police from a moving car Friday night has been identified as Telie Parker, 18, of Haltom City, authorities said.
The teen is also accused of firing at a motorist on Northeast Loop 820 and robbing two stores in Haltom City, police said. No one was injured in the shootings.
Police arrested Parker and four others, including two juveniles, after their car became disabled. Parker was in the North Richland Hills Jail on Wednesday and faces charges of attempted capital murder of a police officer, engaging in organized criminal activity/aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Detectives said they believe that Parker and others were involved in two Haltom City robberies before the shootings in North Richland Hills.
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The first robbery was reported at 8:22 p.m. Friday at Friendly Amigo, 1901 N. Beach St. Two males and a female ordered a clerk to give them money, Haltom City police said. The second robbery was reported at 8:34 p.m. less than a mile away at Haltom Corner, 4101 NE 28th St.
No shots were fired in either robbery, Haltom City police Detective Ray Beshirs said.
At 10:09 p.m., a North Richland Hills dispatcher received a 911 call from a motorist on Northeast Loop 820 near Boulevard 26 who said shots had been fired from the back seat of a maroon Dodge Neon.
At 10:22 p.m., a patrol officer tried to pull over a car that fit that description near Blaney Avenue and Oakland Lane in North Richland Hills. During the pursuit, shots were fired “in the direction of officers,” police said.
“The officers never returned fire,” investigator Keith Bauman said.
After the car “eventually became disabled” on Northeast Loop 820 near Interstate 35W, five people were arrested. A woman was later released when investigators determined that she had no role in the robberies or shootings, Bauman said.
Police identified one of the other suspects as Jose Vargas, 23, of White Settlement. He remained in jail Wednesday and faces charges of engaging in criminal activity/aggravated robbery.
Charges of delinquent conduct/engaging in organized criminal activity/aggravated robbery are also expected to be filed against a 15-year-old Fort Worth boy and a 16-year-old Watauga girl, authorities said.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
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