'Bone-Chilling' Video Shows Gunman Firing on Off-Duty Texas Deputy

Dec. 5, 2023
Brent Brown, a Tarrant County sheriff's deputy working off-duty as a Fort Worth credit union security guard, was shot multiple times by a man who opened fire in the bank.

By Hojun Choi

Source The Dallas Morning News

Video released by Fort Worth police on Monday showed the moments last week when a gunman opened fire on an off-duty Tarrant County sheriff’s deputy working as a security guard at a bank.

About 3:45 p.m. Nov. 27, Fort Worth police officers were dispatched to a Fort Worth Community Credit Union in the 6500 block of Brentwood Stair Road, the department said in a Monday news release. Responding officers found Brent Brown, 35, a Tarrant County sheriff’s deputy who was working off-duty as a uniformed security guard, with gunshot injuries, police said.

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On Monday, Fort Worth police released video showing a man, identified by authorities as 35-year-old Leland Williams, in what appears to be the lobby of the bank. In the video, the man can be seen taking a seat inside the lobby before getting up and walking toward the bank teller desk while pointing what looks like a handgun.

A different angle of the shooting showed the man firing shots at the uniformed security guard who was sitting down at the desk. The security guard can be seen falling to the ground from his chair before getting up and firing back at the gunman, who flees.

“Due to Deputy Brown’s quick response, Williams was not able to fire his weapon toward the bank employee and instead ran away on foot,” police said in the news release.

The deputy was shot once in his lower abdomen and once in the upper chest, but survived. In a news conference Monday, Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn said Brown, who has been with the sheriff’s office since 2011, is “very alert,” adding that he is still recovering.

“He’s still dealing with a lot of wounds and surgery issues, but he’s got a ‘want-to’ attitude and he’s very positive.” Waybourn said.

Williams, who is facing an attempted capital murder of a peace officer charge, barricaded himself inside a home in the 1800 block of Lynwood Hills Drive, but later surrendered to authorities, police said.

Police shared video showing the moments Williams was taken into custody. He is being held at the Tarrant County jail and his bail has been set at $1 million, police said Monday.

Fort Worth Police Chief Neil Noakes applauded residents and witnesses who provided authorities with information related to Williams’ possible location. He also thanked the law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel who responded to the shooting.

“The look on [Williams’] face, the determination, the gun recoiling with every round that was fired; it’s bone-chilling to watch,” Noakes said.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, police said.

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