FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – An armed attempted carjacking suspect was fatally shot by a Fort Worth officer Sunday afternoon, according to Police Chief Neil Noakes.
During a news conference in the evening, Noakes said officers responded to a reported carjacking attempt and that witnesses helped the victim as the suspect ran away on foot.READ MORE: Pedestrian Killed In Hit-And-Run On Freeway In Fort Worth
Noakes said an officer located the suspect in the 3600 block of Race Street. The suspect pulled out a gun, and the officer gave “multiple commands” to drop the weapon, according to Noakes.
The suspect, who has not yet been identified, pointed the gun at the officer, which led to the officer firing their own weapon, Noakes said.
The suspect was transported to a hospital, where he died.READ MORE: North Texans Dealing With Another Shortage Due To Pandemic: Boats
“Any loss of life is tragic. And unfortunately that’s what we’re here to talk about today, but we also understand the importance of transparency,” Noakes said.
Noakes said the officer involved has been with the department for four years. The officer was placed on administrative leave as the investigation is ongoing.
A witness, Scott Ross, said he saw the officer approaching the suspect and heard gunshots.MORE NEWS: Police: 1 Dead In Shooting Between Vehicles On I-35E Service Road In Lancaster
“[The officer] jumped out and yelled ‘Stop, stop stop’ and then I heard the gunshots,” Ross said. “And then I walked out here to see exactly what happened, and a police officer was kneeling over the body over here.”