Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas and Texas law enforcement. List compiled on May 27, 2010.
FORT WORTH OFFICER, CITIZEN OPEN FIRE ON MERCEDES
At 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, a man told a Fort Worth police officer he spotted two men in a gold Mercedes smoking drugs in an alley off Exchange Avenue, just west of Main Street. The citizen claimed the two men were requested to leave several bars earlier that evening. The officer was walking down the alley to speak with the men, when he was presumably spotted by the pair in the car. The driver of the Mercedes then drove toward the officer. With the officer fearing for his life, he opened fire on the Mercedes. The Mercedes drove past the officer and onto Exchange. The citizen, believing the officer was down, pulled his weapon on the Mercedes and opened fire as it fled the scene. A few miles away at a 7-Eleven/ Shell Gas Station at Interstate 35W and Yucca, a 48-year-old man was let out of the Mercedes with a gunshot wound to the arm. He was transported to a local hospital under police guard. Officers are searching for the driver of the gold Mercedes who may face charges.
KELLER POLICE ACCUSE THREE OF COUNTERFEITING
Three Fort Worth residents are facing forgery charges after trying to pay for a 75-cent drink with a phony $100 bill in Keller, police said. Misty Lunsford, 27, Mercury Smith, 28, and Jacob Robertson, 21, are accused of trying to use counterfeit money at two fast-food restaurants. Keller police Sgt. John McGrew told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “They were hoping to pass the money to untrained workers or where students wouldn’t know what to look for.” He adds, “One investigator said we could do better with crayons.” Keller police confiscated nearly $1,500 in counterfeit money they said was scanned and printed using a home computer. Smith faces additional charges of controlled substance possession.
SEARCH FOR HIT-AND-RUN SUSPECT
The search is on for a hit-and-run driver after an active serviceman lost his life. On May 19, U.S. Marine Evan Sanchey, 23, from Yakima, Wash., was killed at the Esters Road exit ramp in the 4400 block of state Highway 183. Witnesses told Irving police Sanchey was crossing the freeway when a light colored Mazda Tribute hit him. The car was last seen eastbound on 183 toward Dallas. Vehicle parts recovered at the scene indicate front right damage to the Mazda. Irving police are asking anyone with information that could help identify the vehicle operator to call the 24-hour hotline at 972-273-1010.