Off-duty Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office deputy Brent Brown shot in East Fort Worth

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TARRANT COUNTY (CBSNewsTexas.com) – Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office deputy Brent Brown was shot Monday while working off-duty as a security guard at the Fort Worth Community Credit Union on Brentwood Stair Road. 

The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. and within minutes of officers arriving, they found the glass of the front door of the business shattered by bullets. 

MedStar emergency response workers also arrived, and found Brown suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower abdomen and another in his upper chest. They took him to JPS hospital. He later underwent surgery, and his “outlook is good,” according to Sheriff Bill Waybourn.

Fort Worth police wouldn’t identify the suspect, or how they found him or even what led to their search in the neighborhood where he was arrested. But jail records show a man named Leland Williams, 35, was booked in for attempted murder, but police haven’t confirmed he’s the suspect in the shooting. 

Waybourn said he believes Brown returned fire, but he didn’t “know how many or what the situation was.”

“It hits close to home when an officer is violently injured like this, so we ask for prayers from the public,” said Fort Worth Police Chief Neil Noakes. 

A man whose wife is a teller at the credit union told CBS News Texas reporter Jason Allen that she witnessed the shooting. 

“Brent stood his ground, did his duty, and the nobility of what he did today is what law enforcement expects out of all of our officers. But he did it well, and he rose to the nobility with courage and distinction,” shared Waybourn. “Evil walks boldly among us and we must not forget that.”

While Brown’s brothers in blue stood showed their support at the hospital, others took to social media to express their thoughts. 

Tarrant County Judge Tim O’Hare took to X, stating: “Please join me in praying for one of our Tarrant County Sheriff’s Deputies. He was shot twice today while working security off-duty. He is currently in surgery.”

Brown has served with the sheriff’s office since 2011. He’s currently assigned to the warrant division. 

Law enforcement officials continue to review camera footage and interview witnesses.

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