Fort Worth Standoff Leads to House Fire

Condition of shooting victim unknown

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    A gunman is behind bars, after police say he shot a man, then barricaded himself inside a Fort Worth home.

    A suspected gunman is behind bars after police say he shot a man and barricaded himself inside a Fort Worth home, which caught fire during a standoff with police.

    Fort Worth police received a call just after 3:15 p.m. Sunday reporting that a man, later identified by police as 21-year-old Michael John Ashmore, allegedly shot 26-year-old Gustavo Duran near Ross Avenue and Northwest 23rd Street.

    Police said the man then went to a home on Clinton Street, told everyone inside to get out and then barricaded himself inside.

    During the four-hour standoff between the Ashmore and police, neighbors on the block were evacuated.

    "Seriously, we are trying to go to sleep. I have school tomorrow," said a frustrated Brenda Vargas.

    Police could be heard on loudspeakers down the street.

    "They were just telling him to give up. They were trying to compromise with him, but he doesn't want to do any of that," said Vargas.

    Just before 7:30 p.m., NBC 5's Ray Villeda could hear gas canisters being fired into the house. Minutes later, smoke filled the air. Police said a fire began inside the house, and Ashmore was arrested soon after.

    NBC 5 learned the house the man barricaded himself in was divided up into several apartments. At least eight people that lived there were displaced. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

    On Monday, police said Ashmore has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance.