Weatherford police: Home of suspect killed by officer could have exploded

A car chase suspect’s home in the 700 block of Palo Pinto in Weatherford had a serious gas leak Tuesday.
A car chase suspect’s home in the 700 block of Palo Pinto in Weatherford had a serious gas leak Tuesday.

Weatherford police were investigating Wednesday why the home of a suspect shot and killed by police after a car chase appeared rigged to explode.

The suspect, a 41-year-old man whose name has not been released, was killed by a Weatherford officer early Tuesday after a chase.

Later Tuesday morning, police received a tip that the suspect’s last known address — a home in the 700 block of Palo Pinto Street in Weatherford — had a gas leak.

Officers arrived and found “extremely high levels” of gas from a leak in a heater line in the back of the home, Crawford said.

“We were absolutely shocked it didn’t explode,” Crawford said.

The home was aired out and the area was cleared by early afternoon. Investigators determined that the tear in the line was intentional, Crawford said.

“At this point, we don’t who did it, or why they did it,” Crawford said.

The suspect, his wife, their 6-month-old baby and another adult lived at the home.

They were all in the car during the chase, which began when an officer tried to pull over the suspect for running a stop sign.

After leading police from Ric Williamson Memorial Highway in Weatherford to the intersection of Bethel and Thompson Road south of the city, the suspect got out of his vehicle and into the front seat of a patrol car that officers were using for cover.

The officer shot the suspect through the window of the patrol car.

The wife, child and the other adult were safe Tuesday after the shooting, police said.

The suspect had a warrant out for his arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was accused of stabbing a man at a Weatherford convenience store Saturday night after the man tried to break up a fight between the suspect and his wife, Crawford said.

The officer who shot the suspect was placed on administrative leave, and the Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting, both of which are department policy after an officer-involved shooting.

Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7684

Twitter: @RyanOsborneFWST