A Fort Worth police officer was shot Thursday night as he and another officer responded to a woman’s 911 call for help with her son, police said.
When the officers arrived at the house in the 4800 block of Hildring Drive around 7 p.m., the woman pointed the officers toward a back bedroom where she said her son had shut himself in, said Cpl. Tracey Knight, a police spokeswoman.
When the bedroom door opened, a man fired a handgun, and the officers returned fire.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
The officer was shot in the abdomen, Knight said. She declined to identify the officer, but said he had been on the force for 19 years.
He underwent surgery Thursday night, and was listed in stable condition as of 9:30 p.m.
At Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital Thursday night, Mayor Betsy Price said, “We just ask the citizens of Fort Worth to pray for this officer and the doctors.”
Price said she and Councilman Dennis Shingleton left the Stock Show to come to the hospital to show support for the officer.
Police declined to identify the man who was killed. But a neighbor, Brenda Silcox, identified him as Wendell King.
Silcox said he appeared to be in his late 30s, lived with his mother and often mowed lawns in the neighborhood. She said he didn’t have a job.
She said he often argued with neighbors about the city ordinances, police and whatever struck his fancy.
Silcox said he King even lunged at her once.
Silcox, widow of former Fort Worth City Councilman Chuck Silcox, is secretary of the Foster Park Neighborhood Association. She has lived two blocks over from King for the past 25 years, and even knew him when he was in high school.
An online police log said that the woman who called from the Hildring address could not make contact with her son in his room. A notation on the police log mentions “Grady Wendell King.”
King has no convictions in Tarrant County, court records show.
Benbrook police arrested King in 2013 in connection with a hit-and-run during which he was accused of shooting at another vehicle, Chief James Mills confirmed Thursday night.
Tarrant County court records show King was booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in June 2013, apparently in connection with the Benbrook case, but was never formally charged.
Mills was unaware Thursday night why charges were not formally filed by the Tarrant County district attorney's office.
Mills said he did not believe anyone was injured in the 2013 shooting but did not have access to the case file Thursday night. He said Benbrook police had not handled King again since that incident.
Exactly two years ago, on Jan. 29, 2014, Fort Worth motorcycle officer John Bell was shot three times while pursuing a convicted bank robber in Haltom City.
-- Deanna Boyd and Monica Nagy