Fort Worth to get $355,000 gift to buy body armor for police

November 16, 2016
By Sandra Baker, Fort Worth Star Telegram

A local real estate developer is giving $355,000 to the Fort Worth Police Department to buy advanced ballistic vests that offer better protection from rifle shots for 900 front-line officers.

It is believed to be the largest, single private donation to Fort Worth police, and it could grow to more than $600,000. A group calling itself Protect the Fort will join that with a commitment to raise $250,000 to buy 900 advanced ballistic helmets. The group has already raised money for the effort, but would not disclose the amount. It will ask the community to raise the remainder and has set up a website for that.

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Multiple Shots Fired in Fort Worth SWAT Situation

By Greg Janda

An armed man barricaded himself in a townhome Monday morning and fired a gun into his neighbor's wall, Fort Worth police say.

Fort Worth police negotiators and SWAT units responded to the Ridglea Townhomes located at 3817 Birkdale Drive in Fort Worth, where the situation took place.

Police evacuated the residences adjacent to the one where the 27-year-old man was barricaded inside.

During NBC 5's 4:30 a.m. newscast, NBC 5's Jeff Smith heard what sounded like gunshots during his live report from the scene. Police confirmed later that a SWAT team fired multiple cans of gas into the townhome, causing the loud bangs.

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Stand off at Fort Worth home after shooting ends

By WFAA Staff, WFAA.com

FORT WORTH -- Fort Worth police and SWAT team members surrounded a house where the suspect in a shooting Sunday afternoon had barricaded himself in north Fort Worth.

The suspect, Michael Ashmore, 21, was taken into custody as smoke was rising from the house at about 7:45 p.m. after the SWAT team arrived at the scene at about 4:30 p.m. The Fort Worth Fire Department responded after police deployed tear gas, which sparked a fire in the home.

Ashmore released what are believed to be family members from the home at the corner of NW 23rd Street and Clinton Avenue after first arriving. Police spoke to him through a megaphone, attempting to get him to surrender.

The house is just west of the Fort Worth Stockyards.

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