FORT WORTH, TX --Two police officers were shot in Fort Worth, Texas while responding to a suicide call, police department officials said.
The shooting happened at a home on Wharton Drive just after 8:30 p.m. Officers found an elderly man deceased with a gunshot wound to the head. Another person in the home directed officers to a possible witness to the shooting, who was in a shed behind the house.
When the two responding officers attempted to confront the witness in the shed, the witness allegedly opened fire.
Officer Xavier Serrano, an eight-year veteran, was struck several times in the upper torso, arms and shoulder. Officer Ray Azucena, a newly commissioned officer in field training, was struck once in the chest.
Serrano and Azucena were transported to JPS Hospital, where they are listed in stable condition.
Officials said a SWAT team on the scene deployed gas canisters in an attempt to extricate the suspect from the shed, but it failed. Once inside, officers said they found a deceased person.
The cause of death is under investigation; however, the subject did have apparent gunshot wounds. It is unknown whether the subject died from police gunfire or if the fatal injury was self-inflicted.