Two Alleged Burglars Shot, Lead Police on Chase

By Frank Heinz and Scott Gordon
|  Tuesday, May 24, 2011  |  Updated 1:26 AM CDT
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Two armed burglary suspects were shot by police Monday as they ran out of a Fort Worth house they had just broken into, police said.

Scott Gordon, NBCDFW.com

Two armed burglary suspects were shot by police Monday as they ran out of a Fort Worth house they had just broken into, police said.

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Two armed burglary suspects were shot by police Monday as they ran out of a Fort Worth house they had just broken into, police said.

The incident started when Danielle Buchholtz saw the two outside a neighbor's home in the 1800 block of Kingsbrook Trail.

She said they were dressed in black and wearing masks.

"And they had a bat, and they kicked in the front door, so I called the cops,” Buchholtz said.

The homeowner arrived at his house right before police, just as the two men ran out, Sgt. Pedro Criado said.

At least one of them pointed a gun at the resident, who dropped to the ground, Criado said.

The officer ordered the suspects to drop their weapons, police said. Instead, they jumped in their car and started driving toward him. The officer opened fire, wounding both of them.

"The officer had to defend himself,” said the homeowner, who declined to give his name. “They tried to run him over. He did a wonderful job if you ask me. Fort Worth police were on top of their game today. They saved the day and got the bad guys."

Despite being injured, the two men sped away. Officers gave chase but dropped off when speeds topped 100 mph, police said.

A short time later, Arlington officers caught up with the suspects when they crashed their car in the 4100 block of Hamilton Circle.

Both were treated and released at an Arlington hospital. Both were arrested on charges of aggravated robbery. The driver will also be charged with assault on a police officer, Criado said.

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