FWPD Investigating Ride-Along Following Thursday Shooting
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Fort Worth Police say they will review their citizen ride along program after a burglary call led to gunfire.
Billie McCulley moved to a quiet neighborhood on the far northern edge of Fort Worth to get away from scenes like the one outside her front door on Thursday.
“We’ve had a lot of issues, I don’t know why, unless it’s because we’re so close to the interstate. But its caused people to be more watchful and have firearms and cameras and things.”
McCulley’s neighbor fired into a car with two teenage boys inside. They were allegedly fleeing a burglary and both were wounded.
At the time of the shooting, two Fort Worth officers were only a few feet away and accompanied by a citizen taking part in a police department program that allows them to ride along with officers.
That citizen reportedly took part in a foot chase with officers.
“We’re not sure if its clear or not if the officer summoned the aid of the citizen,” said FWPD spokesman Cliff Miller.
Department officials are conducting an internal review because citizens who sign up to watch officers work aren’t supposed be acting like one.
“We’re going to look at why the citizen would put them self in danger which is something we don’t encourage or wish to happen again,” said Miller.
The department does require citizens to sign injury waivers.
As for the homeowner who fired at the two teenage suspects, police say the DA’s office will decide whether those shootings were justified.
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