FORT WORTH, Texas — Two Fort Worth police officers who were shot while responding to a suicide call at a home Friday evening are expected to recover, the department says.
The call came in at about 8:30 p.m. from a home on the 3800 block of Wharton Drive.
Police spokesman Officer Marc Povero said the arriving officers, identified as Officers Xavier Serrano and Ray Azucena, found a person in a back bedroom unresponsive from a gunshot wound. They were informed that a witness to the shooting was located in a shed in the backyard, so they went to make contact with that person.
When they reached the shed, someone began shooting at the officers from inside the shed, Povero said.
Serrano was struck several times in the upper body and was rushed from the scene in critical condition. Azucena was hit once in the chest, but was protected by his ballistic vest and only has minor injuries, Povero said.
The officers managed to return fire into the shed. SWAT officers later surrounded the shed, firing tear gas canisters toward the shed in an effort to make contact with the person inside. Just before midnight, Fort Worth police confirmed that the person was found deceased inside the shed.
Whether the person was killed by the officers in the exchange of gunshots or by a self-inflicted wound is unknown at this time. The person’s identity has not been released.
Serrano is an eight year veteran and Field Training Officer with FWPD. Azucena is a newly commissioned officer, graduating from the Fort Worth Police Academy in July.
Serrano underwent surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital, and as of early Saturday morning, is listed in stable condition. Azucena was released from the hospital overnight.
Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald and Mayor Betsy Price spoke to reporters at JPS Hospital and asked for prayers for the injured officers.