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UPDATE: Four people shot at Dallas vigil being held for man who was shot, killed at same location the previous day

On March 17, 2023, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Dallas Police responded to two related shooting calls in the 7400 block of S. Westmoreland Road.

The preliminary investigation determined when officers arrived they found a 23-year-old man shot inside the business. He was taken by Dallas Fire Rescue to a local hospital in critical condition. Another man, 19, had already been taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound, where he died on March 18, 2023 from his injuries. Detectives determined the 19-year-old was outside of the business when the other man approached him, then shot and killed him. Further investigation determined the suspect attempted to leave the location, but then ran inside the building. He then got into an argument with a 20-year-old man who shot him. The suspect remains hospitalized and is facing a Murder charge for killing the victim.

On March 18, 2023, at approximately 9:20pm, Dallas Police were called to the same location as the shooting a day prior. The preliminary investigation determined a crowd was gathered at the location for a vigil for the 19-year-old victim when a passenger in a vehicle westbound on Gannon Road fired at the crowd. The investigation determined people in the crowd also fired back at the vehicle.

Four people were shot and taken to local hospitals in stable condition.

The suspect vehicle is described as a white Chrysler.

The investigation into these incidents is still ongoing.

Resident shoots, kills two alleged burglars at Garland apartment

The Garland Police Department says two people were killed overnight in a shooting at the Woodlands at Preserve apartment complex.

Garland police officers responded to a reported burglary of an apartment residence with shots fired just after 2:30am this morning.

When officers arrived, they located an adult male deceased inside the apartment unit and a second adult male deceased outside the unit. Both were shot.

The apartment resident told investigators the two men forced entry into the apartment and began shooting at him. The apartment resident returned fire and shot both suspects.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

North Texas police departments thwart additional gatherings after Mansfield incident

Throughout the day, officers from several North Texas police departments worked together to thwart another large gathering of individuals after a similar event in Mansfield led to significant safety concerns.

As we reported, Mansfield police responded to Katherine Rose Park on Monday evening for a large Spring Break gathering. An estimated 1200 kids were at the park. As officers attempted to disperse the rowdy crowd, someone fired shots and the crowd panicked. The crowd was dispersed without any injuries.

According to Mansfield City Manager Joe Smolinski, the “party planners” from Monday’s event were planning a second event this evening in Grand Prairie.

“After working so closely with MPD Monday evening, Grand Prairie has decided to close their park. In response, the group shifted their plan to a park in Arlington. Then there was mention of moving it to Chandler Park in Mansfield, but once they realized we were aware of their intentions, they decided to look for a park in Fort Worth. All of our police agencies are working closely together to make sure that we do everything we can to keep them from enjoying a repeat performance.”

Mansfield police maintained a presence at several locations throughout their city to stop any potential gatherings from taking place.

Mansfield PD said in a Facebook comment: “A group of party planners showed up at Chandler Park and were turned away by MPD. Disappointed but determined, they made their way to Walmart. Once there, MPD turned them away again. The following post immediately showed up on social media: “They got swat teams and #### it’s closed we gone.” Mansfield PD seemed to indicate the group had set their intentions on a park in Fort Worth, but FWPD was also made aware of the plans.

“If we work together, we can continue to enjoy our exceptional park system with our friends and families,” concluded Smolinski.

Young woman dies after being struck by a train in West 7th area

A young woman has died after an accident involving a train in the West 7th area of Fort Worth.

On Sunday evening at 9:00pm, multiple emergency responders from the Fort Worth Fire Department, Fort Worth Police Department, and MedStar EMS responded to a person struck by a train near the train crossing in the 2500 block of W. 7th Street.

Officers located a severely injured woman pinned between two train cars. Authorities say she was attempting to walk between the two train cars when the train moved and struck her. She was freed and transported by ambulance to a local hospital in critical condition, but pronounced deceased.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as a 27-year-old woman from North Richland Hills.

The incident remains under investigation.

4 people shot dead at northwest Dallas apartment

The Dallas Police Department is investigating a Sunday evening homicide that claimed the lives of four individuals.

At 7:10pm, Dallas police officers responded to a shooting at an apartment complex in the 3500 block of Villaverde Avenue. When officers arrived, they located two adult men and two adult women all deceased from gunshot wounds.

Investigators quickly identified the suspects as Artemio Maldonado, 18, and Azucena Sanchez, 20. Dallas police tracked down their vehicle and arrested both of them around 10:00pm Sunday evening.

Both suspects have been charged with Capital Murder. Authorities have not released their motive.

An infant was in the apartment during the shooting but was not hurt.

The investigation is ongoing.

Police shoot armed and distressed man in north Fort Worth

On Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 07:17 am, the Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) received multiple 911 calls from citizens that an unknown male was yelling in a field, walking in the street, stopping traffic, and was possibly in need of emergency assistance. Call details advised that the unknown male was stating “You’re under arrest” and that he was “going to pull the trigger”.

North Division Patrol Officers arrived on scene at the intersection of Park Vista Blvd at Keller Haslet Road.

Officers located the suspect and began talking with him about his current situation to see how they could provide him assistance. The suspect remained unresponsive to officers’ attempts to help him and kept walking away from them. During this encounter, officers observed what appeared to be a handgun in the suspect’s front waistband area. 

As officers continued to walk with the suspect in the 13000 block of Park Vista Blvd, an officer approached the suspect and deployed their taser attempting to subdue the suspect and take him into custody; however, the taser was ineffective. The suspect then grabbed the weapon from his waist band. Fearing the suspect was about to shoot, an officer fired their weapon in response, striking the suspect.

Officers provided medical aid to the suspect, and he was transported to a local area hospital for treatment. The suspect is currently listed in stable condition. 

A weapon was located in the immediate area where the suspect was taken into custody.

This information is preliminary as the investigation is ongoing.

The Major Case Unit and the Internal Affairs Unit responded to the scene and are conducting investigations. The Tarrant County District Attorney’s office also responded to the scene.

UPDATE: Woman stabs five children, killing three, in Italy

At approximately 4:00pm Friday, Italy Police Department, DPS Troopers, and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in the 300 block of Harris Street for a stabbing incident.

When law enforcement officers arrived at the house, they located multiple stabbing victims. Three were deceased at the scene and two were critically injured. Both of the injured children were flown to Dallas hospitals.

All the victims were children.

A suspect has been detained in this case. According to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office inmate list, she is 25-year-old Shamaiya Hall. She was booked into the Ellis County jail late Friday on three charges of Capital Murder of Multiple Persons.

Law enforcement did not confirm whether the suspect is the mother of the children, but it has been widely reported to be the case.

No additional official information has been released at this time.

Tarrant County Sheriff’s officer killed in Arlington crash

On Friday, February 24, 2023, at approximately 7:09 a.m., Arlington Police Department, Arlington Fire Department, and Arlington EMS responded to the southbound lanes of Highway 287 near Little Road to investigate a single-vehicle rollover.
According to witnesses, a vehicle was traveling in the left lane when it suddenly veered across the other southbound lanes, went off the roadway, and struck a metal sign, causing the vehicle to roll.
The driver of the vehicle, a 34-year-old man, was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated by Arlington firefighters. He was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased from his injuries. During the course of the investigation, it was determined he was a Detention Officer with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.
There was no one else inside the vehicle and no other vehicles were involved.
Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim as Jail Corporal Aaron Iseman. Authorities say he was driving home from work when the collision occurred. He had been with the TCSO since 2018. 

Parker County man arrested for impersonating officer to “make people drive better”

Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Saturday evening for impersonating an officer.

Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier said the Sheriff’s Telecommunications Center received a be-on-the-look-out (BOLO), around 9 p.m., Feb. 18, referencing a suspicious blue Dodge pickup with front-facing blue and red emergency lights mounted on the truck’s dashboard, attempting to pull a vehicle over in the 1500-Block of Newsom Mound Road. 
The victim reported he was apprehensive about an unmarked dually truck which was following his vehicle closely in an unsafe manner. He further reported the driver of the truck was flashing emergency lights from inside the truck, while attempting to cut him off of the roadway and block his vehicle from leaving the area.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene and identified the suspect as Luciano Amador Velazquez, 42, of Parker County. 
Velazquez told deputies he activated his lights when he did not agree with the victim’s driving, and used the lights in previous incidents with other drivers to “make people drive better.”

Velazquez was arrested and booked into the Parker County Jail for impersonation of a public servant.  
Sheriff Authier said impersonating a peace officer is a felony offense.

“The victim in this case did the right thing by immediately reporting the incident to law enforcement,” said Sheriff Authier.

Grapevine police arrest intersection takeoff “ringleader”, charge him with felony

The Grapevine Police Department has identified the ringleader in a group of drivers who recklessly endangered the public in an intersection takeover on New Year’s Eve. 
22-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez is charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, a state jail felony. A warrant for his arrest was issued on February 9, 2023. Rodriguez was arrested by Sweetwater Police on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. 
Just after 11pm on Saturday, December 31, 2022 Grapevine dispatchers received 9-1-1 calls about vehicles revving engines, squealing tires and driving dangerously in the intersection of Main Street and Dallas Road. Officers responded immediately to the area and tried to pursue involved parties. Due to the large crowd and several pedestrians in the roadway, the suspects got away. 
Officers were able to collect vehicle and license plate information, and videos from the crime were later posted on social media. Detectives launched an investigation through this evidence, and with assistance from Dallas Police, were able to identify Rodriguez as the organizer. 
The Grapevine Police Department thanks Sweetwater Police and Dallas Police for their assistance in the identification and apprehension of Juan Rodriguez. He is jailed in Nolan County and faces 180 days to two years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines if convicted. 
The dangerous driving investigation remains open as detectives work to identify more of the involved parties. Anyone who has information on suspects, or additional photos and videos, can submit them to:

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