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SWAT officer fatally shoots man who police say threatened officers in Fort Worth standoff

A SWAT officer shot and killed a man who police say threatened officers during a standoff in Fort Worth on Saturday evening.

At 6:37 p.m., Fort Worth police officers responded to a domestic violence call in the 5700 block of 6th Avenue, according to a press release from Fort Worth police.

The man pointed a weapon at police officers and barricaded himself inside the house. Police called SWAT to the house, where they tried to negotiate the man’s surrender, police said.

The man came out the front door of the house and threatened SWAT officers, police said. A SWAT officer shot the man, who died at the scene.

The man who died was identified as Cody Wayne Seals, 38, according to Tarrant County medical examiner’s records. His time of death was listed as 10:14 p.m.

Neighbor Tony Gonzales said he and his family watched the scene unfold across the street Saturday night. He said three men lived in the house: a grandfather, his son and his grandson. Police and the fire department showed up at about 6:57 p.m. and knocked on the door. The fire department suddenly backed away from the door and police officers crouched behind their cars and drew their guns, Gonzales said.

Shortly after, the grandfather and one of the other men came out of the house.

The SWAT team showed up when Seals refused to come out of the house and they tried to convince Seals to come outside.

“They were saying, ‘We don’t want to hurt you. We know you’re medicated,’” Gonzales said.

After several hours, Seals came out of the front door and shone a flashlight in the officers’ faces, Gonzales said. Seals pulled out a gun and pointed it at officers and the SWAT officers shot at him three times, he said.

Gonzales said he moved into the neighborhood in 2005 and the three men were there before him and his family. He said the men mostly kept to themselves, but said police were also at the house six to seven months ago and appeared to take guns out of the home.

On Sunday afternoon, two men were at the home where the shooting occurred but said they preferred not to talk about what happened.

The SWAT officer who shot Seals has been with the Fort Worth Police Department for 10 years and was put on administrative leave after the shooting, which is standard procedure, police said.

Fort Worth Police Major Case detectives are leading the investigation of the shooting. Fort Worth Police Internal Affairs unit will investigate for any administrative violations and the case will be submitted to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office for review once the investigation is complete.

No officers were hurt during the shooting.

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