Several DFW-area emergency responders test positive for COVID-19, over a dozen in quarantine due to exposure

As many of us are tasked with simply staying home these days, our frontline emergency responders are not as lucky. They continue, unwaveringly, to answer 9-1-1 calls and respond appropriately, despite the threat of infection and exposure to the deadly COVID-19 Coronavirus disease.

Although we don’t – and may never – have the total numbers of DFW-area emergency responders who contract COVID-19, we do know that both Dallas and Fort Worth have personnel with confirmed cases of the disease.

As of March 31st, the Fort Worth Police Department says three (3) of their officers have tested positive. Luckily, all three are in self-isolation at home.

This morning, the Dallas Fire-Rescue Association says seven (7) members of their force have contracted the virus and a total of 50 are in quarantine.

Dallas Police Department’s latest numbers (as of April 2nd) indicate six (6) of their officers have tested positive.

The Plano Fire Department says two (2) of their firefighters have tested positive as well.

All departments across the DFW Metroplex, and certainly the country, are taking extra precautions when answering medical-related calls. Many of the 9-1-1 callers are asked questions as a pre-screening before they come into contact with fire and police. Many of the emergency responders now wear increased personal protective equipment to shield against any patient who has tested positive, or may be positive, for the virus.

The threat for community spread is listed as “substantial.” The CDC is now recommending the use of masks when conducting business or errands outside of the home.

The most effective way for you to keep yourself and others healthy is to STAY HOME. We all have a part to play in the health and safety of our community. This includes all our brave firefighters, paramedics, and police officers working around the clock to keep us safe!

SWAT incident successfully resolved in Euless

The Euless Police Department responded to a possible domestic disturbance situation at a home in the 1500 block of Aransas Drive around dinnertime this evening.

It was reported that a barricaded person was inside the residence along with a woman. Unofficial reports indicate the woman was a possible hostage in the event.

Euless PD requested the assistance of the regional SWAT team to assist with the apprehension of the suspect.

At 7:19PM, Euless PD posted on their Facebook page for residents in the area to stay inside their homes. “You may hear a loud speaker in use.”

The incident was resolved around 9PM after the male suspect was taken into custody without incident. The woman was also safely removed from the house. No one was injured.

Euless PD is still investigating the incident. There is no further information at this time.

Please note: DFW Scanner does not publish information regarding or related to ongoing police incidents, such as barricaded persons, SWAT incidents, or other sensitive events, until the incident has been resolved. We do this for officer safety reasons.

Thank you Michael Beard Photography for the banner scene photo.

I-20 closed in Parker County due to 18-wheeler crash

Multiple emergency responders are working a major accident on eastbound I-20 near Highway 180 in the Hudson Oaks area of Parker County.

TxDOT reports an 18-wheeler crashed off the highway and struck a bridge support pillar. The crash has caused severe damage to the bridge pillar.

Crews are assessing the damage at this time. All eastbound and westbound lanes of I-20 are completely closed due to this crash.

Man armed with shotgun shot and killed by Irving PD after shooting into 7-11 store

The Irving Police Department responded to a shooting call at the 7-11, 510 N. Nursey Road, at 1:15AM this morning.

An employee of the convenience store called police to report a man was shooting his way into the store. Police say the store was closed at the time. The employee was hiding in the bathroom of the business.

When Irving police officers arrived on the scene, the suspect, armed with a shotgun, was exiting the business. Officers gave verbal commands to drop the weapon, but he did not comply. An Irving PD officer discharged his weapon, striking and killing the suspect.

The suspect has been identified as a 69-year-old man.

No officers, nor the store employee, were injured in the incident.

The investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Irving Police Department at 972-273-1010 (24-hours).

Woman dead after shooting and crash in west Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Police Department is investigating a major accident in the 2900 block of West Loop 820 South near Camp Bowie Blvd.

This afternoon, emergency responders were called to a crash at the given intersection. It was a single vehicle accident where a female motorist ran into a guardrail.

After the female driver was pulled from the vehicle unresponsive, it was discovered she had been shot.

She was rushed to a local hospital, but pronounced deceased. The victim has been identified as a 70-year-old woman from Benbrook.

Here is an updated press release sent out by the Fort Worth PD regarding this incident:

2 shot in south Dallas

The Dallas Police Department is investigating a shooting at the intersection of S. Ervay Street and South Blvd.

Police responded to the intersection just before 8:00PM this evening and located two people, a man and a woman, shot.

They were both transported from the scene. One of the victims was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Heavy police activity in the area. A large crime scene has been established.

There are no further details at this time.

Motorcyclist dies in Denton County crash

Justin Fire/EMS and Police were dispatched to a major accident involving a motorcycle yesterday (Tuesday) morning around 11:20AM near the 15300 block of FM 156 and Industrial Road.

Dispatched information indicated a motorcyclist had been seriously injured in the crash. Bystanders were attempting to administer CPR on the scene.

PHI Air Medical was placed on standby, but disregarded after EMS pronounced the victim deceased on the scene.

The victim has been identified as a 28-year-old man from Krum.

Police have not released any details on the crash.

Law enforcement searching for man who robbed, shot and killed store clerk in Rendon

The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office responded to a robbery and shooting this morning around 7:00AM at the Super Big Country Mart, located at FM 1187 and Stephenson Levy Road.

Police say a man entered the store with intent to commit a robbery around 6:18AM. The suspect displayed a handgun and robbed the clerk who opened the store a short time earlier.

At some point during the incident, the suspect shot the store clerk, who was found deceased at the location around 7:12AM from an apparent gunshot wound.

The suspect fled with cash and the victim’s dark gray Toyota Sienna minivan, Texas license plate GPB0449, southbound on Stevenson Levy Road toward Burleson.

The suspect has medium brown skin and a stocky build. His race is not known at this time. He was wearing a surgical type mask across his face, a ball cap, a blue zip up hoodie, gray pants, black shoes and one glove. The ball cap is white with a red bill.

A male wearing a plaid shirt and white ball cap entered the store just prior to the Robbery. He was driving a white 4-door passenger car. At this time, this individual is only a person of interest and Investigators would like to speak with him. His photo and a photo of his vehicle is attached.

Shooting suspect.
Person of interest.
Person of interest’s vehicle.

Anyone with information contact Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office at 817-884-1213. The suspect is considered to be armed and dangerous. Citizens are advised not to approach the subject and contact 911 if found.

Pedestrian struck and killed while crossing Crowley roadway

The Crowley Police Department is investigating a fatality accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian that occurred on Tuesday evening in the 200 block of South Crowley Road.

Crowley PD and Fire/EMS all responded to the scene at 8:50PM. Police said the man was attempted to cross the roadway near the Little Caesar’s pizza shop. A vehicle struck him as he crossed the road.

EMS pronounced the pedestrian deceased on the scene. He has been identified as a 30-year-old man from Crowley who lived about a mile from the crash scene.

The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene and is cooperating with police.

“Stay at Home” mandate issued for residents in Denton County

Officials in Denton County have now ordered all individuals to stay a home beginning tomorrow (Wednesday), March 25th at 11:59PM. The mandate lasts until March 31.

“All individuals currently living within Denton County are ordered to STAY AT HOME or their current place of residence,” reads the order.

“All businesses operating within Denton County are required to cease all activities at facilities located within Denton County. Businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their residences.”

Denton County has 36 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, as of Tuesday March 24th. Dallas and Tarrant counties have also ordered similar declarations for their residents.

Click here to read the full order.

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