Video: Police answer questions about Broadmoor hostage incident
A man who was shot and killed by police in west Fort Worth after holding several people hostage, including children, has been identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner.
Markevvion Devonte Cannon, 19, died in a hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the head Thursday afternoon, the medical examiner reported Friday. His death was ruled a homicide.
He had a long criminal history, including active warrants out for continuous violence against family, violating a protection order and bringing prohibited substances and items into a correctional facility, according to Tarrant County online court records. He had previously been charged with two counts of assault and two counts of evading arrest.
Cannon fired rounds from a third-story apartment and used a child like a shield when officers responded to the active shooter situation on Broadmoor Drive on Thursday morning, police said.
Police responded to a person with a weapon call about 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Broadmoor Apartments in the 2900 block of Boardmoor Drive.
Someone with a child fleeing out of a third-floor apartment directed officers to an armed suspect later identified as Cannon, police said in a news release Friday. Cannon was at the apartment to visit his ex-girlfriend and the infant child they shared together. But there was a warrant for Cannon’s arrest on a charge accusing him of assaulting the ex-girlfriend on May 21, and a request for an emergency protective order, police said.
When officers arrived, Cannon was in the apartment holding hostage a 12-year-old girl, a 15-year-old boy and a 19-year-old woman, police said. One woman also called 911 and whispered what was happening
Officers made it to the apartment and found Cannon using hostages for protection, police said. Cannon, who was armed with a handgun, fired at the officers, striking one of their shields, and police retreated so as to not put the hostages in any more danger. Police established a perimeter and evacuated residents from the surrounding area.
SWAT officers later arrived and took on continued fire from the third-story apartment, pinning one officer behind a patrol car, police said. Hostage negotiators tried to communicate with Cannon as he barricaded the apartment door to prevent officers from entering.
After developing a hostage rescue plan, SWAT officers breached the door. They saw Cannon holding a handgun in a master bedroom closet with the hostages, seated on the floor. Cannon raised his weapon when he refused to comply with the officers’ orders, police say.
One SWAT officer, a nine-year veteran of the department, fired one shot, police said, and Cannon was hit. He later died of the wound at a local hospital.
The officer, who police did not identify, was put on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
Jakayla Williams told the Star-Telegram her best friend, another woman, the woman’s baby, and the woman’s two young siblings were inside the apartment when Cannon burst in.
Williams said her friend called her and said she might not make it, and that she loved her. She was on FaceTime and it appeared she was hiding somewhere.
Williams said the man spoke on the phone and told her if she came to the apartment, he would kill her, too.
Another woman told the Star-Telegram she is the aunt of the woman whose baby’s father burst in and said he was going to kill the people inside. Five or six people were inside the apartment, but some got away while the others were held hostage, she said.
No hostages or officers were injured in the incident.