Traffic Stop Shooting Incident - Report #2024-00390355
By Tim Ciesco
Posted on February 08, 2024, February 08, 2024

On Thursday, February 8, 2024, at approximately 1:30 p.m., an Arlington Police officer conducting traffic enforcement along I-20 made a traffic stop near Green Oaks Boulevard on a vehicle that was driving erratically across multiple westbound lanes.

The vehicle pulled over and the officer made contact with the driver, an adult male. Based on their conversation and other factors the officer observed, he instructed the driver to turn off and exit the vehicle. The driver did not comply with those instructions.

As the officer continued instructing the driver to exit the vehicle, he noticed the driver was holding a firearm. The officer then gave the driver multiple commands to drop the firearm. The driver did not comply with those commands.

Based on actions taken by the driver, the officer fired his service weapon multiple times, striking the driver. The driver was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased from his injuries.

The officer was uninjured.

Investigators recovered the driver’s firearm at the scene.

As is standard procedure anytime an officer fires their service weapon, there are currently two investigations taking place:

  • a criminal investigation led by the APD Homicide Unit that will review the entire incident and determine if any criminal offenses were committed
  • an administrative investigation led by the APD Internal Affairs Unit that will determine whether officers followed department policies and procedures during the incident

Per department policy, the officer will be placed on paid administrative leave while those investigations are conducted.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the deceased once next of kin have been notified.

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