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Tarrant County sheriff’s deputy shoots homicide suspect

A suspect in a killing off Jacksboro Highway was shot overnight by a Tarrant County sheriff’s deputy, Sheriff’s Department spokesman Terry Grisham said.

Tony Vincent Novello, 24, was hospitalized after the shooting with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. One officer suffered a minor injury.

Grisham said that undercover officers were trying to serve a warrant for Novello’s arrest around 11:30 p.m. near the 3000 block of Las Vegas Trail in west Fort Worth.

Officials have not said whether Novello fired at officers first, but Grisham said they felt threatened and at least one deputy shot Novello. Katrina Whorton, a witness, said Novello was in his car trying to flee when officers shot him in the arm.

One deputy suffered a foot injury — Whorton said that Novello drove over the officer’s foot.

Grisham tweeted just before 6:30 a.m. that Novello was being heavily guarded at John Peter Smith Hospital while receiving treatment for a single gunshot wound. Novello was later booked into the Tarrant County Jail, and his bail was set at $50,000.

He was wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man Tuesday at Hilltop RV Park in the 7800 block of Jacksboro Highway in unincorporated Tarrant County.

Novello was visited by a man and a woman about 2 a.m. Tuesday and got into a fight with the man, authorities said. During the fight, Alec Puente, 22, was shot, Grisham said.

Puente was taken to a hospital in Azle, where he died at 2:50 a.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

Novello fled shortly after the shooting and had last been seen driving a black 1990 Honda Accord. The vehicle led authorities to the apartment complex on Las Vegas Trail.

Novello has been convicted of misdemeanor assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest and detention, and unlawful possession of a firearm charges dating back to 2011.

“We’re very relieved that he is in custody, the citizens of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, I think, are safer at this moment,” Grisham said.

The Fort Worth Police Department’s Major Case Unit will investigate the officer-involved shooting by Tarrant County deputies, Grisham said.

Staff writer Ryan Osborne contributed to this report, which includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

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