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Fort Worth Police Officers Honored for Bravery in Credit Union Shooting Incident

Six Fort Worth Police Officers were honored by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office for their bravery during an incident that occurred on November 27, 2023. The awards, including Life Saving and Meritorious Conduct Awards, recognized their actions following a shooting at a credit union in Fort Worth.

The incident unfolded at 3:42 p.m. when Fort Worth Police responded to a shooting call at the Fort Worth Community Credit Union on Brentwood Stair Road. Upon arrival, officers found the bank's front glass shattered and a Tarrant County Sheriff’s Deputy, identified as Brent Brown, wounded. They quickly provided aid to Deputy Brown, who had been shot twice by the suspect, later identified as Leland Williams, 35.

Investigations revealed that Williams had entered the bank under a false name, purportedly to open an account. However, he brandished a handgun during his interaction with a bank teller, shooting Deputy Brown. Despite being injured, Deputy Brown returned fire, preventing further harm to bank employees.

Fort Worth Police officers swiftly responded, establishing a perimeter and gathering crucial witness information. Residents in a nearby neighborhood reported Williams entering a house on Lynnwood Hills Drive. Fort Worth SWAT later apprehended Williams without further incident.

The suspect, Leland Williams, was arrested and charged with Criminal Attempt – Capital Murder of a Peace Officer. Deputy Brown, who has served with the TCSO since 2011 and is assigned to the warrant division, is currently recovering from his injuries.

No other officers or civilians were harmed during the incident.

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