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Suspect accused of trying to run over Everman officer identified, jailed

Kelvin Hayes, 19, was shot multiple times and killed Wednesday night in Everman, police say.
Kelvin Hayes, 19, was shot multiple times and killed Wednesday night in Everman, police say. Courtesy

Police have identified the man accused of trying to run over an Everman officer following a chase that ended at a south Fort Worth apartment complex Thursday night.

The chase began along Everman Parkway just after 8 p.m. Thursday when the Everman officer tried to pull over a white Ford Mustang speeding without headlights on, according to an Everman Police Department news release.

Robert Jarvis Petite, 21, has been identified as the driver of that Mustang, according to an updated news release. Police say after pulling into a parking lot of the Stallion Pointe apartment complex, at 9053 S Race St., Petite lost control of the car and ended up facing the officer.

Petite "drove at" the officer after the officer had gotten out of his patrol car, according to the release.

The officer then shot Petite and another passenger in the Mustang, and both were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital Thursday night, with non-life threatening injuries. Petite was taken from JPS to Tarrant County Jail Friday night.

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Robert Jarvis Petite, 21 Tarrant County Jail Courtesy

He is facing charges of aggravated assault on a public servant and evading arrest. He also will be held on three outstanding warrants, according to jail records. Petite had previously reached a deferred adjudication agreement with the court on two 2015 drug charges, according to Tarrant County records.

Petite's combined bond is set at $30,000.

The officer has not been identified other than that he is a nine-year law enforcement veteran. He has been placed on paid administrative leave while the Fort Worth police Department major case unit investigates the shooting.

Updates on the identity of the passenger of the Mustang, or whether any charges were being pursued against that person, were not immediately available Saturday.

Matthew Martinez: 817-390-7667; @MCTinez817

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