Person of interest in homicide fatally shot by police in east Fort Worth

An armed man was shot to death by Fort Worth police on Wednesday afternoon on a street in the Woodhaven neighborhood, the Police Department said.

The man was a person of interest in a homicide that occurred in west Fort Worth in the past month.

Sgt. Chris Daniels, a police spokesman, said the man pointed a handgun toward officers on Boca Raton Boulevard near Oakland Hills Drive in east Fort Worth.

As officers approached the man, intending to question him about the homicide, he pulled a handgun and ran, Daniels said. Officers gave chase, and the man pointed the gun toward them, Daniels said. At least one officer fired his gun “in response to the threat,” Daniels said.

It was the sixth time since June 1 that a Fort Worth police officer shot a civilian; five of those people died. The determination of police Internal Affairs Unit reviews of those cases or whether grand juries have considered them was not clear.

No officers were injured in the Boca Raton Boulevard shooting, which occurred about 5:45 p.m.

Officers gave the man medical attention, and he was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital, where he died, Daniels said. His name and age had not been released late Wednesday.

Daniels declined to identify the victim of the homicide in which the man fatally shot Wednesday was a person of interest.

The police department’s major case and internal affairs divisions will investigate the officer-involved shooting, which is standard procedure.

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