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Texas firefighter stable after being shot during welfare check

Arlington officials said the firefighter was shot in the chest

UPDATE ( 3:00 p.m. EDT):

Arlington police said first responders were dispatched to a 911 call for a report of children crying, calling for their mother to wake up, coming from a neighboring apartment.

Officers knocked on the door, announced their presence, and no one answered, police said, but they could hear children’s voices coming from inside continuing to call for their mother to wake up.

The officers continued to knock on the door and announce themselves for more than five minutes.

“Concerned that someone inside the apartment could be injured or in need of emergency medical attention, the first responders made the decision to force entry into the apartment. While AFD personnel used a breaching tool to try to pry the door open, APD officers continued to announce their presence,” Arlington police said in the press release.

Shortly thereafter, a single shot was fired from inside the apartment and a firefighter was struck. The Arlington Fire Department identified the firefighter as Brady Weaver.


By Bill Carey

ARLINGTON, Texas — Arlington city officials said a firefighter was shot in the chest Friday morning during a welfare check at an apartment complex.

The firefighter is reported to be in serious, but stable condition at the Medical City Arlington hospital, WFAA reported.

“We are currently working with APD on putting together an official statement and will be releasing soon,” a spokesperson for the Arlington Fire Department told WFAA.

No further details about the incident have been released.