A man who fired on deputies and placed explosive devices on his front porch died after his house caught fire Thursday, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies arrived at the man’s house in the 500 block of Indian Creek Road at about 9:30 a.m. to arrest him on an outstanding aggravated assault warrant, according to Deputy Chief Jennifer Gabbert.
The suspect, whose name has not been released by officials, immediately started firing at deputies from multiple locations in his house, Gabbert said.
One deputy received minor injuries after apparently being hit by shrapnel, she said.
A SWAT team was called to the scene and tried to negotiate with the man and encouraged him to give up but he continued firing at deputies, she said.
A fire started in the area of his front porch where he had apparently dropped incendiary devices, Gabbert said.
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The man’s home erupted in flames and he never came out. Investigators believe he died in the fire but have not recovered his body, Gabbert said.
Neighbors describe the initial scene as chaos.
"They came out and told us, 'You need to get into your house now,'" said neighbor Melissa Miller. "We were all running for our lives."
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