Northeast Tarrant

Fort Worth man killed after aiming gun at Watauga police officers is identified

A man who was shot and killed by police was identified Wednesday.

James Freeman, 46, of Fort Worth, died from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

Police said that Freeman had been served with an emergency protective order and was not supposed to be at a woman’s house in the 6500 block of Wooddale Drive in Watauga.

The woman’s daughter called 911 and when two patrol officers arrived Monday morning, Freeman confronted them with a shotgun, police said. 

The two officers fired their weapons because they were in fear for their lives and retreated to a safe position, police said.

SWAT officers found Emily Law, 49, of Watauga, dead inside the kitchen during a search of her house, according to authorities. 

Officials with the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office have not issued a ruling on the manner or cause of Law’s death, the medical examiner’s website shows, but police have said it’s being investigated as a homicide.

The Texas Rangers will investigate the officer-involved shooting and the homicide, Watauga police said. The two officers involved in the shooting  have been placed on paid administrative leave.

The neighborhood where the shooting happened is north of Loop 820 in northeast Tarrant County. 

This story includes information from Star-Telegram archives.


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