2 Fort Worth Police officers shot responding to suicidal subject. Subject killed

Two officers who were shot while responding to a suicide call at a home in North Texas Friday evening are expected to recover, the Fort Worth Police Department says.

Police say that the incident took place near 3828 Wharton Drive, near Southwest High School in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Fort Worth, at about 8:30 p.m.

Eight year veteran Xavier Serrano, 29, and rookie Officer Ray Azucena, who was in field training, arrived at the home and found an elderly man fatally shot inside the house, police say.

Neighbors told them a witness to the shooting may be in the shed in the backyard. When the officers approached the shed, they were fired upon. They returned fire, police said during a press conference.

SWAT officers were called to the scene and fired tear gas canisters towards the shed. After no response came from the shed the officers entered the shed and found the suspect already deceased. It is not known if the person was killed by police gunfire or a self-inflicted wound. His identity has not yet been released.

Azucena was struck once in the chest, but his bullet-proof vest saved his life. Serrano was shot multiple times in the upper torso and left arm and shoulder, said police. He underwent successful surgery at JPS Saturday and was in stable condition. Azucena is now recovering at home with his wife and two children. He had been on the force for only a few months.

Police say they have been called to the same home multiple times for domestic issues between a son and father. The most recent was last New Year’s Eve when the father was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

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