FORT WORTH, Texas
June 5, 2019, at 8:53 p.m., Fort Worth Police South Division officers were
dispatched to 4949 Rickee Drive in reference to a Burglary in Progress call
with weapons reported to have been involved. The first officer arriving on the
scene confronted the suspect. During this contact, the suspect was shot and
transported to a local hospital. As with any Critical Police Incident, the
Major Case Unit and Internal Affairs Unit responded to the scene to begin an
investigation into the matter. As the investigation continued through the
night, several details are being provided to clarify the initial statement from
officers were responding to the call location, the complainant reported that
the suspect was threatening the complainant with a gun as well as a
officer arrived on scene and confronted the suspect, later identified as
Esteban Vasquez h/m 03/23/92, outside in the front yard. The officer attempted
to detain Vasquez who was visibly agitated and verbally non-compliant. While attempting
to gain compliance in order to handcuff Vasquez, he told the officer that he
was not going to jail. The officer continued issuing numerous verbal commands,
requested assistance over his police radio, and continued his attempts to gain
compliance. The officer soon warned Vasquez that he would deploy his taser.
Vasquez did not comply and warned the officer to put his taser away. The
officer subsequently deployed the taser so Vasquez could be safely handcuffed.
Vasquez quickly removed the wires from the probes, which rendered the taser
ineffective. Vasquez then stood and charged towards the officer. The officer,
observing that Vasquez was significantly larger than himself and fearing for
his life, drew his handgun and fired at Vasquez, striking him in the upper
transported to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition.
Officers soon recovered knives from the scene.
Police Major Case detectives are leading the investigation and will be
analyzing all available evidence. Upon conclusion of the criminal
investigation, the case will be submitted to the Tarrant County District
Attorney’s Office for review. No officers were injured during this incident.
been charged with Aggravated Assault – Family Member, Assault Bodily Injury –
Strangulation/Family Member, Reckless Damage and Destruction, and local
The involved officer has been with the Fort
Worth Police Department for 2 years and was placed on administrative leave
which is standard procedure on every Critical Police Incident.