Monthly Archives: March 2019

Man dies in overnight house fire in Mansfield

Just after 2:30am this morning, Mansfield firefighters responded to a house fire in the 1700 block of Country Crest Lane. Upon arrival, they located heavy fire and smoke conditions showing from a house.

During a rapid search of the house, crews located and removed one adult male victim. The patient, identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office as a 43-year-old man, was transported to Methodist Mansfield Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

The fire quickly escalated to 2-alarms with units from Kennedale and Arlington Fire Departments assisting. Units were able to extinguish the fire and did not locate any other victims. In all, 13 units responded with a total of 33 firefighters. There were no injuries to firefighters.

The fire remains under investigation. This is the first fire fatality in Mansfield in over a decade.

Vehicle fire seriously injures three children in Garland

Just before 6:00pm this evening, Garland firefighters and police officers responded to the 2900 block of S. First Street regarding a vehicle on fire in the parking lot of a business. When Garland paramedics arrived, they began treating three children injured in the fire.

Officers learned an adult male drove to the store with his three children. The male parked the vehicle at the business and went inside, leaving his children unattended in the vehicle. The vehicle caught on fire while the male was inside the store.

According to Garland police, the three children, identified as four, three, and one year olds, were all transported to the hospital in critical condition. CareFlite responded to the scene.

The investigation is ongoing at this time and no charges have been filed.

UPDATE: Barricaded person situation continues in Frisco after trooper shot

Multiple law enforcement agencies continue to seek to resolve the situation in the 6800 block of Lebanon Road after a trooper was shot yesterday.

At 2:15pm Friday, a Department of Public Safety trooper was shot and injured during a traffic stop. The officer was transported to the hospital and, according to the latest update, has successfully undergone surgery. The trooper is listed in stable condition.

Frisco officers continue to treat this scene as a possible barricaded person situation. Residents in the area are asked to avoid the scene and stay indoors.

A new update will be published within the next few hours, according to police.

*Update – Frisco PD just confirmed suspect is in custody.

Frisco Police investigating death of a child as possible murder-suicide attempt

The Frisco Police and Fire departments responded to a welfare concern Saturday evening just before 6pm in the 15200 block of Preachers Lane near Eldorado Parkway and Independence Parkway.

Upon arrival, officers located a deceased child and an injured female inside of a parked vehicle. The female is reported to be the mother of the deceased child. She was transported to the hospital where she remains in unknown condition.

An official release by police reveals they are investigating this isolated incident as a homicide/suicide attempt. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Multiple peopled killed in Ellis County crash

A major accident in Ellis County has claimed the life of Bardwell Police Chief Michael Spurgeon, Sr. and others, according to the Bardwell Volunteer Fire Department.

The post also indicates Michael Spurgeon, Jr., a volunteer firefighter with Bardwell VFD, also died in the crash.

According to reports from the Ennis Daily News, there were three additional fatalities involved in this crash.

Highway 34 between Highway 287 and the town of Bardwell was temporarily shut down for clean up and investigation.

Law enforcement investigating major crash on Highway 34 near Bardwell

Multiple law enforcement officers are investigating a major accident with reported fatality on Highway 34 near the Lake Bardwell bridge in Ellis County.

Highway 34 is closed in both directions between Bardwell and Highway 287. It was dispatched to be a head-on collision.

Details on the fatality(s) have not been released at this time. It’s best to avoid this route.

Update – The Highway is now open.

Irving FD’s “blocker” unit hit and destroyed by vehicle; emergency responders safe

One of the Irving Fire Department’s “blocker” units, designed to block scenes for emergency responders, did its job this morning. The repurposed fire truck was struck and destroyed by a passing vehicle, protecting emergency responders working a scene.

Irving police were working a crash scene along westbound 183 near Loop 12 as Blocker 8 was parked on the highway. The passing vehicle crashed into the Blocker unit, shielding the car from crashing into emergency responders. No emergency responders were injured. Unfortunately, the blocker unit was destroyed.

One of the deadliest places for emergency responders is on the highway. Irving FD implemented its blocker program to shield distracted, impaired, or just bad drivers from crashing into scenes. Old fire trucks that had been replaced by newer ones were repurposed, stripped of traditional fire equipment, and upfitted with emergency and traffic lights. The blocker units are dispatched with other fire and police units to protect highway scenes. These blockers not only protect emergency responders, but also their rigs. Fire trucks are big and expensive apparatus. Accidents, even minor ones, can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage, or even worse, destroyed.

A very smart and important program from Irving to protect their professional emergency workers and their expensive trucks!

One person in custody, one believed to be still at large after early morning robbery at north Dallas Tom Thumb

Just before 5:30am this morning, Dallas police officers received a 9-1-1 call regarding a robbery at the Tom Thumb, 14999 Preston Road at Belt Line Road.

When patrol officers arrived, one of them witnessed a suspect exit out the front of the store. The suspect was taken into custody. Additional officers made entry into the store and evacuated the employees, two of whom were injured, but not seriously.

A perimeter was established around the building to locate any additional suspects inside the store. After SWAT officers responded and thoroughly searched the location, no other suspects were located. Officers do believe one suspect is still at large.

A Deputy Chief with the Dallas Police Department says these suspects may have been involved in a robbery late last night in northwest Dallas.

UPDATE: Suspect captured after murdering store worker in Fort Worth

Fort Worth police officers were called to the scene of a shooting earlier today (Wednesday) at 4614 Benbrook Highway. Officers located a deceased male victim inside the place of business.

Homicide detectives determined a suspect entered the business with the intent to commit a robbery. During the course of the robbery, the suspect fired at the victim, striking and killing him.

Detectives positively identified the suspect, and located him in Gainesville, Texas traveling in a vehicle with other occupants. DPS Troopers conduced a felony traffic stop, and took the suspect into custody. An arrest warrant for Capital Murder was issued by the Fort Worth Police Department.

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