Suspect in family dispute shot by Arlington police following carjacking

A family fallout escalated to a barricaded person situation, carjacking, and finally a fatal officer-involved shooting in West Arlington

  • Arlington police respond to an officer-involved shooting in West Arlington
    Arlington investigators respond to an officer-involved shooting in West Arlington (Courtesy Zack Maxwell / Arlington Voice)
  • The white Dodge Caliber was carjacked by a male suspect
    The white Dodge Caliber pictured in the center was carjacked by a male suspect. (Courtesy Zack Maxwell / Arlington Voice)
Zack Maxwell

A carjacking suspect was shot dead by an Arlington police officer in a West Arlington neighborhood Saturday afternoon.

What began as a domestic disturbance around 4:15 p.m. at the Willows Two Apartments in the 2100 block of Park Springs Boulevard escalated to a carjacking that subsequently turned fatal.

A dispute between two brothers took a turn for the worse when one of them threatened the other with a knife and gun.

Arlington police were notified of the incident by a third-party complainant, and determined prior to arriving that the male suspect -- believed to be in his early 20’s -- had committed a felony criminal offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

On arrival, officers were able to isolate the victim brother and his mother away from the apartment. While negotiating with the suspect, police witnessed him putting on body armor and pointing a handgun in their direction. They retreated from the doorway and established a perimeter.

“The suspect was making statements for the police to shoot him,” said Lt. Christopher Cook, a Department spokesperson. “Officers remained calm and tried to reassure the suspect that he needed to peacefully surrender.”

After gaining access to an adjacent, vacant apartment, the suspect was able to flee to the intersection of Park Springs and Woodland Park Boulevard.

With a handgun drawn, the suspect approached a white Dodge Caliber at the intersection and demanded the driver exit the vehicle. The Arlington Voice spoke with the driver, who requested anonymity.

“He comes running at me with his gun pointed at my windshield and mouths ‘get out of the car,’” the driver said. “I was about to take off, but then he shook his head so I knew he was serious.”

The driver jumped out of the car and was able to flee to his girlfriend’s home nearby.

“I thought I was dead to tell you the truth,” the driver said. “You could tell he was serious. He looked like he was ready to shoot. I’m thankful to be alive.”

Now on wheels, the suspect led officers on a brief pursuit several blocks north to where Park Springs intersects with Shady Valley Drive. He turned east onto Shady Valley where he appeared to lose control of the vehicle after possibly striking the curb. Police said the front driver’s-side tire was deflated.

Clad in body armor and brandishing a handgun, the suspect fled on foot north into the neighborhood. He was witnessed walking near residences and at one point knocking on a door, police reported.

“At one point, the suspect emerged from between two houses and there was a confrontation between the suspect and an officer,” Cook said. “The officer discharged his weapon and struck the suspect.

“Despite life saving measures by officers on scene, the suspect was pronounced deceased.”

No other injuries were reported in the incident. Investigators are interviewing witnesses and working backwards from the shooting to piece together a comprehensive timeline.

As of Saturday night, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner had not identified the suspect.