Family Disturbance Ends With 4 Shot In Justin

JUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Four people were shot after a police officer responded to a call at a house in Justin, just southwest of Denton.

Justin police Officer Kevin James was sent to the house in the 500 block of W. 4th Street, just before 9:00 a.m. Thursday.

At a press conference, Denton Co. Emergency Services Chief Jody Gonzales said the initial call to police was for a “suicidal subject.” Gonzales said a man was “acting strange” and police assistance was requested.

When Officer James arrived he was immediately met with gunfire. Justin Fire Marshal Robert Stubblefield said he believed the suspect had a shotgun. The shooting suspect and Officer James exchanged gunfire.

The four shooting victims include the Justin police officer, the shooting suspect and two members the suspect’s family. Justin City Manager Mike Evans said, “They have just taken them. And everybody’s heading to hospitals.”

The 29-year-old shooting suspect, who family members identified as Bodie Stewart, was taken to the hospital by ground ambulance and pronounced dead.

Officer James was taken to the hospital by air ambulance and is in good condition after being shot in the left arm. CBS 11 News has learned that James’ wife and son, along with Justin Police Chief Bill Brooks, are all with him and he is alert and talking.

Chief Brooks said Officer James has been with the Justin Police Department for four years, but has been a police officer for 20 years.

Stewart’s aunt, Teresa Reece, said her nephew shot his father, Bobby Stewart, and his grandfather, Bud Stewart.

“Bodie had problems, very much psychological problems,” said Reece, “and nothing I’m saying is to justify what happened here today, but there is a part of him that I loved so much. He had a tenderness, a childlike tenderness in his heart that was so pure and sweet and so loving. It’s amazing that there’s two sides to him.”

Investigators are now trying to determine if the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot or was fatally hit by a bullet from the officer’s gun.

The family of Bodie Stewart told CBS 11 they are grieving his death, and are sad for Officer James, the Justin Police Department and their two family members who were also wounded.

“I am so broken and remorseful that this situation happened,” Reece said, “grieving for the police officer and his family as much as we are for our family, I absolutely hate this.”

City manager Evans told CBS 11, “It’s a shock to everybody. We’re a small country town. This will unnerve a lot of people, undoubtedly.”

The Denton County Sheriff’s Office and Northlake Police Department are helping cover for Justin Police while the department is dealing with the shooting investigation and injury to their partner.

The last officer involved shooting in the city of Justin was in the 1920s.

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  • Gayle

    I understand the suspect was taken by ground ambulance as he was deceased. Why was the officer taken by AIR ambulance for a wound in the arm? Where the other wounded family of suspect victims air or ground transportation?

    • NiteNurse

      Paramedics will transport a victim (like a fatal gunshot wound to the head) to the nearest hospital just so the doctor can go ahead and pronounce the victim. They’ll do this for anyone who obviously isn’t going to make it. The other victims that were transported by air are the ones who are possibly going to make it. You can still have vital signs for quite some time after a bad gunshot wound to the head but if your brain is dangling half out of your skull it’s not survivable. Why waste a valuable resource like an air ambulance on that victim?

    • NiteNurse

      Oh and one more thing. Trauma victims are sent to area hospitals that deal with trauma like gunshots. So try and have your fatal injuries real close to trauma centers.

  • Jessica

    The other shooting victims were taken by air. The suspect was the only one taken by ambulance due to extensive injury.

  • Dirty Harry

    why? do you have a problem with bad people dieing? I don’t….

    • Idiocracy Is Upon Us!

      It’s DYING, genius.

  • Mic

    THey were mostly likely taken by air because of the distance from the hispitals. There isn’t a a trauma center anywhere near Justin…

    • Idiocracy Is Upon Us!

      Functionally illiterate? Drunk? Stoned? A, B, and C?

  • mic


    • curtis

      most folks got a problem with anyone dieing.I am a family member and that young man suffered years of physciatric problems that were reported, but the richest country on the planet couldn’t help him or should I say would’nt. For the families of the officer our prayers are with you.

      • Idiocracy Is Upon Us!

        It’s DYING, PSYCHIATRIC, and WOULDN’T, G-DD-MN IT!!! Can’t ANY of you mongoloids spell? Jesus Effing Christ!

  • Tired

    Wounds in the arm can be very dangerous because of the veins and arteries that are there. The decision to use the helicopters are determined by how badly they are hurt. Mic was right, there is no trauma center close to Justin. We need to pray for all those involved.

  • curtis

    some of you folks are already assuming you know all the facts. Guess what you don’t know the half of it,and this is coming from a family member. You need to get off the computer and pray for the dead as well as the living. A man lost his sin a mother lost a son,Grandfather a grandson,on and on get it? I don’t know your religous believes,but if your Christan you need to do a soul examination,and quit playing judge jury and executioner. God Bless

  • Idiocracy Is Upon Us!

    A man lost his SIN? What’s a CHRISTAN? Good Lord, your brains (I’m referring to most of the commentators here) could be rolled down the edge of a razor blade and it would be like a BB going down a 4-lane highway.

  • @ Idiocracy Is Upon Us!

    An individual with psychiatric problems shot three other people, two of which were his own family members and the third responding police officer before being fatally shot himself, and all you can do is make snide and condescending remarks about the literacy of the other commentators!?

    Idiocracy is indeed upon us, and you sir are a glaring example!

    • Robert Tilton

      Yeah! You tell him (or her)! The Lord Jeebus Keerist will strike that jerk down with nipple cancer! Hallelujah! Basanda basoya!

  • C Bauer

    I find it somewhat funny that the officer is named Kevin James, and actually resembles Kevin James. Seriously though, I’m pulling for his fast recovery. These heroes don’t get enough credit (or pay).

    • C Bauer

      On a side note: That Karen Borta is easy on the eyes, isn’t she? *sigh*

  • Catherine M

    Dirty Harry: Why are you so quick to judge someone you dont even know. You don’t even know the situation. You have no idea what Bodie has gone through. You don’t know the man so how dare you call him a bad person. Bodie had one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever seen. I’m not going to say what he did was justified becasue it wasn’t but I will not allow you to bash his name and call him a bad person. It’s ignorant people like you that i refer to ass bad people. You better say a prayer for yourself tonight. Maybe you will learn to have remorse for others even if they have made bad decisions. Pull your head out of your a$$.

    Idiocracy Is Upon Us!: You are a pompus a$$. What the hell is the point in talking people down becasue they can’t spell correctly. Especially on a web page talking about someone being dead. Do you even have a soul or and kind of remorse. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    Curtis: I am very sorry for your loss and even though Bodie and I were not close friends I would really appreciate it if I could have some information on his funeral arangements. When I worked at Subway I would always make his subs and talk to him. He was a very kind man. It’s a shame that He had to leave us all in the manor that he did. I will keep your entire family in my prayers and I will always keep Bodie in my heart. <3

  • C. Heston

    Guns are cool because if you have them around you can kill people.

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