Standoff ends with fatal wounding of agitated gunman

The man alarmed employees at a downtown automobile dealership before police arrived

  • A distraught and agitated gunman kept Arlington police engaged in a standoff at Galaxy Auto Sales for several hours Thursday before being fatally wounded in a shootout. (Photo: Keaton Pendley / Arlington Voice)
    A distraught and agitated gunman kept Arlington police engaged in a standoff at Galaxy Auto Sales for several hours Thursday before being fatally wounded in a shootout. (Photo: Keaton Pendley / Arlington Voice)
Keaton Pendley

A standoff between Arlington police and a seemingly distraught individual Thursday at an automobile dealership in the downtown area ended with the person being fatally wounded by officers at the scene.

At about 2:30 p.m., police officers responded to a report of a suspicious person at Galaxy Auto Sales, located at in the 600 block of East Front Street near East Division Street.  The unidentified man reportedly entered the business in an agitated state and was demanding to speak with the owner.

Employees at the business became concerned and called the police. Upon their arrival, investigators found the man parked on the roadway near the business.

When they approached the vehicle, officers heard what they believed to be a gun being racked. They backed off and the subject fled in the vehicle, parked in front of the business and barricaded himself in the vehicle.

A segment of Division Street near downtown Arlington was closed as police attempted began to negotiate with the person of interest.

Attempts to negotiate with the subject proved futile, and the department's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit was alerted.

Arlington police prepare to enter into negotiations with an armed person of interest at Galaxy Auto Sales in downtown Thursday. (Photo: Keaton Pendley / Arlington Voice)

The SWAT unit positioned its armored vehicle in front of the subject’s automobile to prevent him from fleeing again. When they pulled up to the vehicle, the subject fired one shot from a pistol grip shotgun.

Officers did not return fire at that time.

Investigators and the SWAT unit continued to negotiate with the subject and discharged tear gas in his direction when he fired additional rounds through the driver’s window of his vehicle. Officers positioned near the driver's window returned fire, striking the suspect. 

The subject was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

No officers were injured, but some vehicles at the dealership were damaged from rounds.

Investigators are still trying to determine why the subject came to location and what set him off.

The identity of the subject is being withheld, pending notification of his next of kin by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Arlington Scanner (www.arlingtonscanner.com; Twitter: @AFD_APDScanner) contributed to this story.