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Authorities name woman found dead in Watauga home. Police shoot, kill suspect

Watauga man says it’s a safe neighborhood

Police shot and killed a man who was served with a protective order restricting him from being at the house. Officers shot and killed the man after he grabbed a shotgun, police said. SWAT officers saw a dead woman in the house during a search.
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Police shot and killed a man who was served with a protective order restricting him from being at the house. Officers shot and killed the man after he grabbed a shotgun, police said. SWAT officers saw a dead woman in the house during a search.

A woman who was found dead at the scene where police shot an armed man on Monday has been identified by Tarrant County officials.

Emily Law, 49, died about 11:50 a.m., according to officials with the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. The medical examiner has not made a ruling on the cause or manner of her death, but police have said it’s being investigated as a homicide.

Law was found dead at her home in the 6500 block of Wooddale Drive by SWAT officers during a search that followed a police-involved shooting on Monday.

Police said they came to the house about 10:30 a.m. in response to a 911 call about a protective order. Law’s adult daughter told police she had seen a man who was in violation of a protective order sleeping in the house, said Lt. Jason Babcock, Watauga police spokesman.

The police had visited the home in the past few days because of some domestic trouble, and the woman’s daughter had not been able to reach her mother by phone earlier in the day so she drove by, Babcock said.

When the two officers arrived at the house, they saw a man with a shotgun and told the man not to reach for it, Babcock said. The man got the shotgun and pointed it at the two officers, who were standing in the doorway, Babcock said.

Both officers fired their weapons, killing the man, Babcock said. Authorities have not yet released the name of the man.

The officers were not injured.

SWAT officers arrived a short time later and found the man inside the house dead from a gunshot wound, Babcock said. SWAT officers also found Law’s body, Babcock said.

The Texas Rangers will investigate the officer-involved shooting and the homicide, Watauga police said in a news release. The two officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave, as required by department policy.

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

Darin Mosley, 47, who said he has lived next door to the house where the shootings occurred since he was a boy, remembers hearing three loud gunshots and then a crash. Mosley said he later saw a police officer and asked the officer if he knew what the noise was.

The officer asked if he was the only occupant in the house. When Mosley said yes, the officer asked him to leave his house. Mosley also said he had never seen police at the house before, but if they were coming late at night, he may have already gone to bed.

“Nothing like this has ever happened in this neighborhood,” Mosley said. “This is a quiet neighborhood.”

This story contains information from Star-Telegram archives.

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Mitch Mitchell is an award-winning reporter covering courts and crime for the Star-Telegram. Additionally, Mitch’s past coverage on municipal government, healthcare and social services beats allow him to bring experience and context to the stories he writes.
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