Fort Worth Police Department released video, 911 audio of events leading up to officers shooting and killing a man


The man shot and killed by Fort Worth police after shooting at them around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday walked behind the counter of a convenience store with a gun and told the clerk to call 911, according to audio released by the Police.

The man was identified as 31-year-old Joe Don Williams on Thursday, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office website. He was pronounced dead at 1:34 a.m. Wednesday at John Peter Smith Hospital from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police said Williams opened fire on officers when they arrived at a QuikTrip at 2501 NE 28th St. in northern Fort Worth.

Several 911 callers reported a man walking in and out of the store with a gun in his hand.

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Officers arrived at the store within minutes, and Williams walked out of the store with a gun and shot, Fort Worth police said.

Police returned fire and beat Williams, police said. Officers began conducting life-saving measures until medical personnel arrived.

In the 911 audio released by police, the caller tells 911 that she was terrified and that the man was not trying to rob the store. She tells the operator that she doesn’t know why he’s there and that he didn’t say he was going to shoot at cops, but asked what they would do if she shot at them.

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The dispatcher tells the caller that officers are closed and trained to deal with shooting situations, according to the audio released.

Assistant Chief of Police Robert Alldredge said in a video released along with footage of the shooting and the 911 audio officers were told when they arrived that the man was still in the story. Deploying a ballistic shield, they approached the side door of the building and attempted to enter, but Williams fired two shots at them from behind the counter, according to Alldredge. Officers retreated.

Williams then walked out the front door of the building and, according to Alldredge, fired at police and nearby cars. The video shows Williams walking out of the store firing a gun.

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According to Alldredge, officers returned fire. Williams was hit and fell to the ground and officers rushed to him and performed first aid to save his life.

“Several officers were on the scene quickly and did not hesitate to protect innocent lives,” Alldredge said.

Alldredge said an investigation is underway and the case will be turned over to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office for review and possible presentation to a grand jury, per department protocol.


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