The mother of a 30-year-old man fatally shot by Fort Worth police said her son is being portrayed by police “as a menace to society in order to convince Americans that his murder was justifiable.”
In a statement released by Kyev Tatum of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Regina Goldston said her son, Kelvin Antonie Goldston, grew up as a “military brat” and “traveled the world moving from city to city, country to country alongside me to non-combat assignments.”
Regina Goldston is a retired Navy petty officer first class, according to the statement that was emailed Saturday to the Star-Telegram.
She wrote, “I served this country for 20 years, and I even traveled to foreign soil to defend it but never in a million years did I think the Fort Worth Police Department would ambush my son and shoot him to death!”
On Monday, Fort Worth police were conducting surveillance on a house in the 6000 block of Wheaton Drive for suspected drug activity when they received information that Kelvin Goldston, who had warrants out for his arrest, was inside.
Police officials have said Goldston had backed out of the driveway onto the street when a marked patrol car pulled in front of his pickup and an unmarked police vehicle behind it.
Two officers were approaching the pickup — a uniformed officer from the front and a plainclothes narcotics officer from the rear — when Goldston put the truck in reverse and accelerated backward, officials say.
The truck struck the plainclothes officer, a 23-year veteran of the department, as she tried to dive out of its path, causing her minor injuries, officials said.
“The uniformed officer observed the truck accelerating towards the narcotics officer and fired shots in an effort to stop the suspect from running over the narcotics officer,” Sgt. Steve Enright said in a new release the day of the shooting.
Goldston was struck multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene from what the medical examiner would later rule was a gunshot in the neck.
In a September traffic stop in Benbrook, Goldston fled from Benbrook police — striking one officer with his pickup — after suspected illegal drugs were found in his possession, according to police affidavits.
Lab tests later confirmed that the drugs found by Benbrook police were cocaine and ethylone, according to the documents obtained by the Star-Telegram.
That encounter prompted Benbrook police to obtain four warrants against Goldston — one for aggravated assault on a public servant, one for evading arrest, and two for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Tarrant County court records show Goldston had 14 convictions dating to 2006, including misdemeanor convictions for possession of marijuana and burglary of a vehicle, and felony convictions on charges including engaging in organized crime and credit card abuse.
Goldston had been sentenced to five years’ deferred adjudication probation in April 2014 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
In November, prosecutors filed a petition to revoke Goldston’s probation, accusing him of multiple violations of his conditions.
A warrant was later issued for his arrest, which was still active at the time of Monday’s shooting.
‘A loving father’
Regina Goldston said her son “has been portrayed as thug, a drug dealer, and a felon, all to justify another killing of a young black man.”
She said he was a 2003 graduate of North Crowley High School, had attended Weatherford College and was in business with her.
“Kelvin made friends everywhere he went, friends who loved and respected him for the kind, loving, giving, funny, and lively human being that he was,” she said in the statement. “… He was a loving father to his two sons and other children that he co-parented, son, brother and friend.”
The narcotics officers involved in the shooting remain on routine administrative leave. Enright said the department will not be releasing their names because of their narcotics assignments, which include undercover work.
Enright did disclose that the officer who fired the shots has been with the department for 101/2 years and has no disciplinary record in his civil service file.
Tatum said the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is calling on the White House to send a special team to Fort Worth to investigate the shooting.
Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655