A North Texas man is recovering in a hospital after he was shot by a Good Samaritan who claimed the man was beating and stabbing his 16-month-old child to death on Sunday afternoon, Lewisville police reported.
The 16-month-old child sustained multiple severe injuries and had to be rushed to a hospital at 12:41 p.m. Sunday, Lewisville police stated in a news release. The child later died.
The child identified as Ashton Ness, 1, of Lewisville, by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office is the son of the suspect. The child’s mother was at work when the incident occurred, police said.
When officers responded to a report of a stabbing at the Oak Forest Apartments at 1531 S. State Highway 121, witnesses told them that a man was beating and stabbing a child in the courtyard near an apartment building, police said.
Others told officers that shots had been fired at the same location. The responding officers found a man there who had been shot in the leg and Ness had sustained multiple severe injuries, police said.
Video shot by a neighbor on a cellphone shows the suspect, in a black T-shirt and white shorts without any shoes on, handcuffed and being dragged away from the courtyard by several officers.
“Look, they’re locking me away mom,” the suspect says in the video. “I just want to see my mom, all right.”
He loses his footing briefly and police help him up before he begins to yell again.
“In the black truck! Look,” the suspect said in the video.
Ness and the man were transported to Medical City Lewisville hospital for treatment. The child was later pronounced dead at 12:54 p.m. and the medical staff determined his death was due to the injuries he suffered during an assault, police said.
Several witnesses at the crime scene told detectives that they saw a man beating and stabbing a small child.
One of the witnesses heard screams, then grabbed a gun and fired three rounds with one of the shots striking the father in the leg.
“That was what effectively ended the assault on the child,” Lewisville police Capt. Jesse Hunter said.
The man, who also has not been identified by police, was arrested after treatment for his gunshot wound.
There had not been any previous calls or reports to police at the apartment, Hunter said. Nor had there been prior reports by the child’s family involving Child Protective Services, he said.
Police said the witness who fired the shot that stopped the attack will not face criminal charges.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.