Fort Worth Suspect Killed

Protesters gather on East Berry Street in Fort Worth after a police officer fatally shot an assault suspect, Sunday, June 10, 2019. Fort Worth police say police fatally shot an armed aggravated assault suspect who fled on foot and then didn't comply with instructions to get out of a truck where he was hiding. (Amanda McCoy/Star-Telegram via AP)

A man wanted for an April assault involving a handgun at University of Texas at Tyler student housing was shot to death by police in Fort Worth on Sunday.

The Fort Worth Star Telegram has identified the man as JaQuavion Slaton, 20, who was wanted in connection to a domestic violence assault with a handgun at UT Tyler off-campus student housing on April 28. At the time, UT Tyler police said Slaton should be considered armed and dangerous. The incident happened at Victory Village, which was known as The Reserve before being purchased by the college in May 2018.

The Associated Press is reporting that the man was shot after fleeing from police and then refusing to comply with instructions from officers to exit a truck he was hiding in. The Fort Worth Police Department said he had a handgun at the time of the shooting and investigators concluded it had been fired.

Three officers are on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

After the shooting, hundreds gathered at the scene to protest, according to the Associate Press. The Star Telegram reported activists were protesting because the police department would not release body cam footage.

Lucas Roebuck, UT Tyler's Vice President for Marketing and Chief Communications Officer, released a statement on Wednesday.

Roebuck said the UT Tyler Police Department had been in contact with Fort Worth PD about three warrants issues for Slaton on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault family violence/impeding breath from the April incident.

Neither Slaton nor the victim were UT Tyler students. The victim's lease appears to have been grandfathered in from before the university purchased the apartment complex. Slaton was not on the lease, but police believe he was living at the residence.

Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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