Off-duty officer shoots, injures suspect in Fort Worth

A suspect was charged hours after being shot and injured by an off-duty police officer Sunday in the parking lot of a Fort Worth nightclub.

Police say Hector Rene Banderas-Martinez, 29, has been charged with aggravated assault against a public servant.

Three off-duty police officers were working early Sunday morning as security guards at Club 2011 Escapade, which is in the 2400 block of South Campus Court.

The officers went into the club's parking lot around 1:30 a.m. to investigate after a manager told them that people were breaking into cars. There, the officers came across a club employee trying to stop the driver of a gray Lincoln with its passenger door open from leaving.

Officer F. Conchas walked toward the front of the vehicle and the other officers walked toward the driver's side.

The driver started driving toward Conchas, even as Conchas tried to move out of the way. Conchas began firing his duty weapon at the driver, fearing that the driver would run him over.

The suspects inside the vehicle managed to get away, though.

Banderas-Martinez was charged after he showed up Huguley Hospital around 11:15 a.m. Sunday with gunshot wounds to his face and stomach. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital, treated and then taken to jail.

His bond has been set at $50,000.

The gray Lincoln was recovered at an apartment complex in the 2300 block of Gothlic Drive. It had damage to its front windshield and passenger window.

Police are currently looking for another suspect believed to be involved in the incident.

None of the officers involved nor civilians in the parking lot at the time were injured.

Conchas has been placed on routine administrative leave. He's worked for the Fort Worth Police Department since February 2009.




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