With all the attention on Boston and Kaufman County, we almost overlooked yesterday’s report by Deanna Boyd on a suspected robber getting shot by CHL carrier in southeast Fort Worth, according to the earliest reports.
It’s a short article — practically what we call a "brief" — but it has sparked rigorous debate on guns, race, politics...
Abelardo Avila, 36, has died almost five years to the day that he was shot in the head in a north Fort Worth alley.
A friend, 22-year-old Joe Vasquez, was also killed.
The medical examiner's office has now ruled Avila's death was caused by complications of quadriplegia due to the gunshot wound.
Two brothers had been arrested in connection with the Dec. 9, 2007, shootings of Avila and Vasquez but were later no-billed by a Tarrant County grand jury on murder and attempted murder charges over what attorneys suggested were self-defense issues in the case.
Police say a 79-year-old Houston-area man used a karate chop to disable an intruder and disarmed him until officers could get to his house.
Police in League City, a suburb, say Ervin Brittnacher reported noises outside his house awakened him early Monday. He went to the door, saw a man with a rifle and hit him in the throat with the side of his hand.
Then he took the rifle and ordered the man to sit down until police arrived.
A man suspected of burglary was in critical condition late Tuesday after he was shot by a resident in south Grand Prairie, police said.
Gilberto Balderas, 21, was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth following the shooting in the 2000 block of Clark Trail, police said.
The resident called 911 at 2:29 p.m. to say someone was breaking into the home and that he was armed with a handgun. A moment later, while still on the phone, the man said the intruder came at him with a knife and that he shot him.
Officers arrived and found Balderas on the floor with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
"Near the suspect was a knife," said Det. Lyle Gensler, police spokesman, in a news release. "The suspect was treated and transported by helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital where he was taken into surgery and is listed in critical condition."
Gensler said the resident was interviewed at the scene.
"This appears to be a justified shooting," he said, "but the case will be presented to the grand jury as is proper procedure in these types of incidents."
He also noted that "the suspect will be charged with burglary of a residence."
Two suspects trying to escape after a home burglary were shot Thursday in a bizarre incident involving a neighbor with a .45-caliber handgun and a young civilian riding along with police.
Two Fort Worth patrol units responding to a burglary report on Tulare Lane arrived at the scene in time to see two men trying to get away.
The civilian, a young man who was riding along to observe officers at work, jumped from one of the patrol cars and headed toward one of the suspects who was getting into the car.
A neighbor later told police that he thought the civilian was a plain-clothes policeman, and he feared the getaway car would hit the civilian and a patrol car, so he opened fire, which sent the suspects to the hospital, police said. The aftermath is shown in this photo.
The "Ride-in" civilian, however, violated written instructions not to get involved, police said.
Dallas police have identified the two men who allegedly participated in a burglary Wednesday in which a resident (a 22-year-old woman) opened fire, killing one of them.
Officers responded 11:30 a.m. to a shooting in the 7200 block of Concordia Lane.
According to the department's Facebook page, "The homeowner shot at the suspects, who were inside her residence, striking one of the them. The suspects fled the residence and one of the suspects collapsed on the sidewalk in front of the residence from the gunshot wound."
The man who died later at the hospital was identified as 19-year-old Isaiah Williams of Dallas.
The other man, who was arrested later, was Eric Ford, 47 (shown here). He was jailed on a charge of burglary of a habitation.
Bond was set at $100,000. Dallas County court records show he has an extensive criminal background, including arrests for theft, burglary, drugs and resisting arrest.