Northeast Tarrant

Hurst officer fatally shoots domestic dispute suspect

A Hurst police officer shot a domestic violence suspect in behind this house in the 1300 block of Redbud Drive.
A Hurst police officer shot a domestic violence suspect in behind this house in the 1300 block of Redbud Drive. Todd Unger

A Hurst police officer responding to a domestic disturbance call fatally shot a man Monday night after chasing him into a back yard and seeing a gun, a police official said.

Officers were called before 7 p.m. to The Arts at Park Place in the 1300 block of Park Place Boulevard to find that the subject of the complaint had left, Assistant Police Chief Steve Niekamp said.

Police began searching the neighborhood, and someone spotted the man in the 1300 block of Redbud Drive a few blocks away, Niekamp said. The man ran into a back yard, and an officer followed.

The officer reported that the man had a handgun, and the officer fired, Niekamp said. He said he did not yet know whether the man pointed his gun at the officer.

After the officer shot the man, he started first aid, and when the man stopped breathing, he started CPR, which he performed until paramedics arrived, Niekamp said.

The man was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where he was pronounced dead at 7:07 p.m.

He was identified as James Dunaway, 51, of Hurst by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

Niekamp did not identify the officer.

The officer will be given a chance to talk to an attorney and allowed a “few days” before he makes a statement, Niekamp said. Detectives were talking to witnesses Monday night.

Monica S. Nagy: 817-390-7792, @MonicaNagyFWST

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