Texas officer shot, suspect killed in gunfire exchange

When officers arrived on the scene, the suspect fired a handgun, striking a 19-year veteran of the department once


By Julie Fancher
The Dallas Morning News

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Fort Worth police officer was injured in an an exchange of gunfire that left another man dead Thursday night, police said.

KXAS-TV reported that a woman called officers to her home in the 4800 block of Hildring Drive, near Interstate 20 in southern Fort Worth, to conduct a welfare check on her adult son, who was in his room.

When officers arrived, the man fired a handgun, striking a 19-year veteran of the department once. According to media reports, other officers then returned fire, killing the man.

The man shot and killed by Fort Worth police Thursday night has been identified as 40-year-old Wendell King.

MedStar was summoned about 6:50 p.m. and took the officer to Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth, where surgery was performed. The officer was in stable condition late Thursday. KXAS-TV reported that the officer was shot in the stomach and was expected to survive.

The department's last fatal police shooting occurred Jan. 18, when an officer shot and killed a man who was stabbing him in the leg.

The last time a Fort Worth police officer was injured in a shooting was Jan. 29 2013.

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