HALTOM CITY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Police have released new information on a shooting that left 2 civilians dead, 1 injured and 3 officers injured on Saturday night in the city of Haltom.
Haltom police said at a news conference Sunday that shortly before 6:45 p.m., the suspect, who has been identified as 28-year-old Edward Freyman, shot and killed two victims. They have been identified as Collin Davis, 33, and Amber Tsai, 32.
An elderly woman was also injured and called 911 at 6:45 p.m. from a home in the 5700 block of Diamond Oak Street.
As three uniformed officers approached the residence, the suspect began shooting at them. Rapid bursts of gunfire could be heard on surveillance camera video as officers fell to the ground and returned fire.
The injured officers were identified as Corporal Zachary Taylor, Officer Timothy Barton, and Officer Jose Avila. Corporal Taylor and Officer Avila remain hospitalized. Officer Barton was discharged overnight after receiving treatment.
Several other officers quickly arrived to help, and the suspect appeared to have fled through the back of the house, jumping the fence as he headed south. Police said Freyman did not shoot anyone else after fleeing the residence.
As officers from other law enforcement agencies joined the manhunt for Freyman, Haltom police and the Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management asked residents in the area near the Denton and Glenview Expressways in indoors and shelter in place.
Freyman was later found dead less than an hour later in the 3900 Golden Oaks area with a rifle and pistol at his side. Police took note of reports from the public and Ring camera footage that helped quickly locate the suspect.
During their preliminary investigation, detectives discovered that Freyman may have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to determine an official cause of death. death. It is not yet known if the suspect was hit by a police bullet.
So far police do not know what caused or led to the shooting nor the exact relationships of those involved, but do know that the victim and suspect both knew each other. They also denied that the shooting was linked to any other crime, contrary to some initial reports.
It has not been confirmed whether Freyman has a criminal history, but a spokesman for the Haltom City Police Department said he believes officers have been called to the home in the past.
Haltom Mayor Dr. An Truong thanked law enforcement for preventing any further loss of life, the fire and medical services that helped them, and the public for his words. their prayers and support. He said he had no answer for how to stop gun violence from continuing, but stressed that the community unites in respect and love.
Haltom City Sheriff Cody Phillips thanked the FBI, ATF, United States Marshall Office, Texas DPS, Tarrant County Sheriff, Tarrant County Convention, North Richland Hills Fire, Watauga Fire, MedStar, and Response Teams Urgent of the City of Haltom, as well as the Grapevine, Mansfield, Euless, Bedford, and Hurst Police Departments for assistance.
Phillips also thanked the Haltom City Fire Department and the Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, and Watauga Police Departments for their quick response.
The investigation has now been turned over to the Texas Rangers, following standard procedure for shootings involving officers.