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Fort Worth, Texas
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For Immediate Release

July 19, 2019
FORT WORTH, Texas- On Thursday, July 18, 2019, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Fort Worth Police Department West Division Patrol Officers responded to a person with a weapon call in the apartment complex at 2900 Broadmoor Drive.  After a short search, the officers were directed to an apartment on the third floor by a victim fleeing with a child.  Officers approached the apartment where they confronted a 19-year-old black male, Markevvion Devonte Cannon, inside the apartment holding hostages as human shields.  The hostages were a 12- year-old black female, 15-year-old black male, and a 19-year-old black female; the hostages are not related to Cannon.
The officers backed away to obtain helmets and a ballistic shield before “re-approaching” to engage with Cannon, and attempt to reach a peaceful conclusion.  During the encounter, Cannon used a handgun and fired several rounds at the officers, striking the ballistic shield.  Due to the close proximity of the children, the officers did not engage with deadly force.  They established a perimeter and evacuated the surrounding area of innocent civilians.
Cannon repeatedly fired his handgun from the third floor apartment window at officers, pinning one officer behind a patrol car.  Hostage Negotiators attempted to communicate with Cannon as he barricaded the door of the apartment to prevent officers’ entry.
Fearing for the lives of the hostages, SWAT officers developed a hostage rescue plan and entered the apartment. They observed Cannon with the handgun in the master bedroom closet with the hostages, seated on the floor.  Cannon failed to comply with the officers’ orders to surrender and raised his weapon. One Fort Worth SWAT officer, a nine-year veteran, fired one shot, striking Cannon. The officer is currently on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol.
After removing the hostages, officers immediately provided medical support for Cannon and called for an ambulance. Cannon was transported to JPS Hospital where he was pronounced deceased by the attending physician shortly after his arrival at the hospital.
Major Case investigators made the scene and are conducting an investigation; no civilians or officers were injured in this incident.
Cannon was at the apartment to visit his ex-girlfriend and infant child they share together. However, there was an active warrant for Cannon for Assault Bodily Injury Family Member/Previous Conviction with an emergency protective order request from Cannon assaulting his ex-girlfriend on May 21, 2019. An altercation ensued, which led to the resulting call for police service.

Great work, FWPD!
Posted by jf at 7/22/2019 1:34:16 PM

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