Two Fort Worth police officers are recovering after being shot by a suspect, now dead, in the southwest area of the city Friday night while responding to a call about a suicide.
WFAA reports that Xavier Serrano was shot multiple times in the upper torso and left shoulder arm and was expected to undergo surgery on Saturday. Ray Azucena was shot once in the chest, but the round was blocked by his bulletproof vest and he was released from the hospital. Both officers are in stable condition, according to a post on Fort Worth Police Department’s official Twitter account on Friday night. Azucena is a new recruit who graduated from the Fort Worth Police Academy in July.
The shooting began around 8:30 p.m. on Friday.
The standoff started after Serrano and Azucena responded to a suicide call in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Fort Worth, Police Spokesman Sgt. Marc Povero said Friday night in a video posted online by WFAA.
Finding an elderly man shot to death in a residence on Wharton Drive, officers were told that a witness to the shooting could be hiding in a shed in the residence’s backyard. Serrano and Azucena approached the shed and were shot at. They returned fire but were both hit.
The suspect was confirmed dead around four hours later, after the arrival of the department’s SWAT team and a standoff with officers. Povero told reporters Friday night that over 100 officers were in the neighborhood during the ongoing situation.
It was not the first time police had responded to calls at that residence, where domestic incidents between a father and a son had previously been reported.
“The outpouring in the community already is amazing and that’s exactly what these fine men and women need,” Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said at a press conference with Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald Friday night around 11:00 p.m.
“Our officers are well trained and well protected. The bulletproof vests [has] … done its job tonight,” Price continued, asking community members to pray for the officers and their families.
Fitzgerald also asked for prayers and support for the officers, noting that both Serrano and Azucena were with their families as of Friday night.
Another Fort Worth police officer, Matt Pearce, was shot five times on the job in March 2016. Pearce appeared at the press conference Friday night alongside other officers in support of Serrano and Azucena.