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Officer fatally shoots drug suspect in southwest Fort Worth

Fort Worth police hold up tarps as staff of the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office remove the body of a pickup driver fatally shot by a police officer. The shooting was in the 6000 block of Wheaton Drive in Wedgwood.
Fort Worth police hold up tarps as staff of the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office remove the body of a pickup driver fatally shot by a police officer. The shooting was in the 6000 block of Wheaton Drive in Wedgwood. Star-Telegram

Updated at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday

A pickup driver who tried to back over a plainclothes narcotics officer who was approaching to arrest him Monday afternoon was fatally shot by a second officer, police reported.

Neither officer was injured in the confrontation between 4:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. outside a house in the 6000 block of Wheaton Drive near Granbury Road in Wedgwood.

On Tuesday, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified the driver as Kelvin Goldston, 30. His town of residence was not reported.

Goldston was the 20th civilian fatally shot by Fort Worth officers in five years, according to numbers compiled by the Star-Telegram.

The house had been under surveillance by police investigating complaints of drug activity, Sgt. Steven Enright, a police spokesman, said in a news release Monday night..

“Officers gathered information leading them to believe that a wanted felon was inside the house,” Enright said. “Officers continued surveillance of the location and watched as the suspect exited from the garage.”

The man got into a silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup, two officers in separate vehicles drove toward the front and rear of the truck. Both officers got out of their cars and walked toward the pickup, Enright said.

The officer approaching from the front was a uniformed officer. The narcotics officer in plainclothes approached from the rear.

The pickup began speeding in reverse, and the narcotics officer jumped toward the grass, Enright said. She sustained minor injuries, Enright said.

The officer approaching from the front started shooting, hitting the driver a number of times, Enright said.

Goldston was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:54 p.m. and died of a gunshot to his neck, the medical examiner’s office reported.

He was the subject of four active warrants. One was for suspicion of attempting to strike a Benbrook officer with a vehicle, Enright said.

The other warrants were for narcotics and evading arrest with a notation that the suspect was a flight risk, Enright said.

Neighbors told WFAA that the house was a rental property with a history of troubled tenants.

Neither officer was identified Monday night, and both were placed on routine administrative leave, Enright said.

“Both a criminal and administrative investigation have been initiated regarding this incident. Once the criminal investigation is complete, the case will be submitted to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office,” Enright said.

This report includes information from WFAA and Star-Telegram archives.

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