Monthly Archives: March 2023

NEW: Grapevine road rage shooting injures woman; suspect arrested

The Grapevine Police Department is working to identify the driver responsible for a road rage shooting during rush hour.

At approximately 7:15 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2023, a 27-year-old woman was entering the southbound lanes of SH-121 from Bass Pro Drive when she and a man driving another vehicle became involved in a road rage incident.

The man pointed a small pistol at her and fired. The bullet went through the woman’s neck. She was able to safely pull over on the shoulder as the man kept driving away.

Paramedics transported the woman to the hospital. Her injuries are not life-threatening, according to police.

The shooter is described as a white man with brown hair. He was driving a dark gray, newer-model Mazda CX9 SUV.

Detectives are working to locate any surveillance videos in the area that may have captured the suspect’s license plate or other identifying information. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Grapevine Police at: 817-410-3900.

UPDATE – The Grapevine Police Department arrested a suspect overnight in connection to Friday’s road rage shooting.  

Officers served a warrant for the arrest of 30-year-old Brandon Leotta Rutt early Saturday morning on April 1, 2023.  

Rutt is currently in the Grapevine Detention Center awaiting transport to the Tarrant County Jail, where he will be arraigned by a judge. The Euless man faces charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  

On Friday, March 31, 2023, a 27-year-old woman was entering the southbound lanes of SH-121 from Bass Pro Drive when she and a man driving another vehicle became involved in a road rage incident.  

The man pointed a small pistol at her and fired. The bullet went through the woman’s neck. She was able to safely pull over on the shoulder as the man kept driving away. The woman’s injuries are not life-threatening, and she was able to provide a suspect and vehicle description to detectives from the hospital.  

Grapevine police immediately began searching for more details on the shooter’s vehicle. Using information from both the victim and a witness, detectives were able to obtain surveillance video of the suspect vehicle. Grapevine detectives worked throughout the night to obtain evidence and ensure they had the correct suspect. Since the arrest, detectives have located additional evidence near the suspect’s home.  

The Grapevine Police Department is committed to providing a safe community for citizens, businesses and visitors. The swift identification and arrest of a suspect in this case is a direct result of that commitment and dedication to those we protect. The Department gives a special thanks to the victim and witness for providing key details in the case, and to all of the detectives and professional staff who worked tirelessly to aid in this arrest. 

Child accidentally shoots self after accessing unsecured firearm at Fort Worth home

On Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at about 11:33pm, Fort Worth officers were dispatched to a house in the 2600 block of Aiken Lane in reference to a shooting. Fort Worth Fire Department and MedStar personnel also responded. 

Upon arrival, officers learned this shooting involved a child victim. Officers observed that the young girl had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest. The mother of the victim stated that the victim may have accessed the firearm from an unsecured drawer, removed it and discharged it, striking herself in the chest. 

The victim was transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in stable condition for medical treatment of possible life-threatening injuries.  There is no suspect in custody and the Crimes Against Children’s Unit has been notified and requested to respond.

The investigation is ongoing.

West firefighter killed, two DPS Troopers injured after 18-wheeler crashes into scene

On Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at approximately 12:57 p.m., Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers were providing traffic control along with the West Fire Department for a vehicle fire on northbound IH-35 near mile marker 354 in West.

The inside lane was shut down with traffic control devices, a fire truck, and two DPS patrol units. A Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer traveling on the inside lane disregarded the traffic control devices and struck the fire truck and two patrol units.

A West firefighter was struck by a vehicle during the crash. The firefighter was transported to Baylor Scott and White in critical condition and later pronounced deceased.

The two troopers were transported to the Baylor Scott and White in Waco to be treated for injuries sustained from the crash.

The investigation is active and ongoing. Northbound lanes of I35 are closed in this area.

The slow down or move over law requires drivers to move over a lane or slow to 20 mph below the posted speed limit when approaching emergency vehicles, law enforcement, tow trucks, utility service vehicles, TxDOT vehicles or other highway construction or maintenance vehicles using visual signals or flashing lights activated on the roadside. On roadways with posted speed limits of 25 miles per hour or less, drivers must reduce their speed to 5 miles per hour (Texas Transportation Code 545.157).

NEW: Five children, one adult transported to hospitals in critical condition after CO emergency at Fort Worth home

Shortly after 8:00pm tonight a 911 call came in to the Fort Worth Fire Department from a child who lived in the 8300 block of Orleans Lane in south Fort Worth for a carbon monoxide investigation.

When crews arrived on scene they were met at the door by the 911 caller who stated her mom wasn’t acting right and then collapsed right in front of them. Firefighters quickly scanned the home and noticed several other children lying on the floor around the residence. The crew quickly ran into the house to start grabbing everyone they could find to bring them outside to safety. After they believed they got everyone out they went back to the firetruck to put on their protective equipment to perform a secondary search to make sure no one was left inside.

In total five children and one adult from the home were transported to local hospitals in critical condition.

In addition five firefighters were transported as well with elevated levels of carbon monoxide in their blood stream due to their quick life saving actions.

A vehicle left running in the garage was found to be the reason for the high levels of carbon monoxide inside the home.

DeSoto police shoot, kill armed burglar outside home

A burglary suspect is deceased following a late-morning officer-involved shooting by DeSoto Police in the 300 block of Polk Street.

Police responded to a call at 11:38am Monday from a resident reporting a burglary at their home. According to the 9-1-1 call, an unknown man had entered their residence brandishing an unknown item. Police encountered the armed suspect outside the home, and an officer fired on the suspect as he advanced toward the officer.

The 47-year-old male suspect was pronounced deceased.

The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.

Grand Prairie PD’s Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team is assisting with the investigation.

Pedestrian killed in Plano crash

On Monday, March 27, at approximately 6:51am, multiple emergency responders from Plano FD and PD responded to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Preston Road and Lorimar Drive.

Police say an SUV was traveling south on Preston Road and struck a pedestrian in the roadway. The pedestrian was crossing outside the crosswalk at the time of the collision.

The 73-year-old pedestrian was pronounced deceased.

No charges are expected against the driver.

The accident remains under investigation.

One person killed in southeast Fort Worth shooting

Fort Worth PD is investigating a homicide near the intersection of Miller Avenue and Martin Street.

At 6:37pm, Fort Worth officers responded to a person shot at the location.

One person was transported to a local hospital with CPR in progress, but pronounced deceased on arrival.

FWPD confirms they are investigating this as a homicide. Expect heavy police activity in this area.

Woman last seen in Dallas found dead in Fort Worth creek bed

The Fort Worth Police Department is investigating a homicide after a woman’s body was located along the Trinity River creek bed.

At 8:52am last Thursday, March 23rd, Fort Worth police responded to reports of a body under a bridge along Precinct Line Road near the Randol Mill roundabout.

Officers located the body of an adult female, now publicly identified by police as Janeecia “Nene” Mason.

Dallas PD says Mason was last seen in their city.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective M. Sones at 817-392-4404.

Two killed in motorcycle crash near Gainesville

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatality accident that occurred late Friday night, March 24, just outside the city limits of Gainesville.

At 11:00pm, multiple emergency responders were called to the area of Farm to Market Road 3902 near County Road 209 just south of Gainesville for a motorcycle accident.

Authorities say a motorcyclist and his rider were traveling at high speeds on the roadway when the operator lost control on a turn and struck a mailbox.

The operator, a 39-year-old man from Denton, and his rider, a 32-year-old woman from Richardson, were both pronounced deceased at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

Student injured by vehicle at Chisholm Trail High School

On Monday, March 27, 2023, at about 5:51pm, Fort Worth PD units were dispatched to the 4400 block of Education Drive, Chisholm Trail High School, in reference to a major accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. Fort Worth Fire Department and MedStar personnel also responded.   

Upon arrival, officers observed that a passenger vehicle had been parked in a parking spot in the parking lot of the high school.  The victim, a juvenile female, had approached the vehicle with her friend, the daughter of the driver, to retrieve an item.  The friend handed the victim the item and seated herself in the passenger seat as the driver began to move from the parking spot. 

Unbeknownst to the driver, the victim had dropped the item and it landed underneath the vehicle and, as the victim reached for the item, she was struck on arm the by the passenger vehicle’s tire and briefly pinned to the pavement.  The driver of the vehicle moved the vehicle to free the victim’s arm and called for medical assistance.  The driver remained on scene and is cooperating with investigating officers.

The victim was transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in good condition for medical treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

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