In the early hours of Sunday, November 19, 2023, the Arlington Police Department (APD) was dispatched to a residence in the 2500 block of Fallcreek Street following a 911 call from an adult male expressing a desire for "suicide by cop."
Upon arrival, officers established a perimeter around the residence and initiated phone contact with the man in an effort to de-escalate the situation. However, the communication was interrupted, and the man approached the officers while carrying a firearm.
Despite verbal instructions to drop the weapon, the man did not comply. In response to the perceived threat, multiple officers discharged their service weapons, striking the individual. Immediate life-saving measures were administered by the officers until paramedics arrived.
The injured man was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. Thankfully, no officers or bystanders sustained injuries during the incident.
Standard protocol is now in motion with two parallel investigations underway:
- A criminal investigation led by the APD Homicide Unit will thoroughly review the incident to determine if any criminal offenses occurred.
- An administrative investigation, overseen by the APD Internal Affairs Unit, will assess whether officers adhered to department policies and procedures during the encounter.
In accordance with departmental policy, the involved officers will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of these investigations.
The identity of the deceased will be released by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office after notifying next of kin.