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White Settlement, TX Officer Fatally Shot; Suspect Dead



April 29, 2002

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White Settlement, TX Officer Fatally Shot; Suspect Dead

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By REBECCA LOPEZ and JIM DOUGLAS / WFAA-TV

A police officer was shot and killed at a house in White Settlement Wednesday afternoon after responding to a report of shots fired at the address, police said.

A suspect in the residence in the 9000 block of Farmers Road held police at bay for several hours. Just before 6 p.m., Fort Worth tactical officers moved in and reportedly shot the suspect, who was later confirmed dead by police.

Authorities at the scene identified the slain policeman as 37-year-old Captain George Scott Monier. He had been with the White Settlement police department for about 11 years.

Officials said the two officers split up when they arrived at the house -- one to check out the front of the house, the other to the rear.

The police captain, who went in from the front, was fired upon and managed to return fire. He was dragged from the scene by other arriving officers.

The Medstar ambulance service said Monier was rushed to Harris Methodist Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.

The Fort Worth Police Department SWAT team was called in to coordinate efforts as officers with weapons drawn surrounded the wood frame house, crouching behind vehicles for protection.

Police from Lake Worth and the White Settlement school district also assisted in securing the location as negotiators talked to the suspect during the standoff.

Two women in the house at the time of the shooting were able to flee unharmed.

The women told WFAA-TV they had gone to the residence to check on a relative's welfare when the suspect started shooting.

The women said the suspect has a military background.

The scene of the shooting is just one block from West Elementary School, which was placed on perimiter lockdown for protection of students and faculty. Parents arriving to pick up students at the end of the school day were asked to go to the west side of the school. Identification will be required for release of students.

White Settlement is in western Tarrant County, just west of the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base.





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