Two armed men shot, killed by Fort Worth officer and arson investigator

At approximately twenty-five minutes after midnight, a Fort Worth Police Officer and a Fort Worth Fire Department Arson Investigator were responding to a call in the area and drove past the intersection of Ross Ave. and NW 32nd Street. Arson Investigators are licensed peace officers and these officers were working together as a team assigned to address illegal fireworks activity. As they passed this location, they observed an active altercation.

The Fort Worth officer and Arson investigator engaged two armed male subjects. Both officers fired their duty handguns and both male subjects were shot.

Officers began rendering aid to the injured subjects. One male was pronounced deceased on scene, and the other was transported by Medstar to a local hospital, where he was also pronounced deceased. A third male and a female were also located on the scene with gunshot wounds and were transported to area hospitals.

This is an ongoing investigation and evidence is still being gathered. The Fort Worth Police Department Major Case Unit, Internal Affairs, and the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office will be investigating, which is standard procedure for these cases.

“This incident is a stark illustration of just how quickly a seemingly routine call can turn deadly for our officers as they work to keep our city safe and enforce the law,” said Chief Neil Noakes.