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Tip from father leads Fort Worth police to thwart potential mass shooting plan

Jack Howland, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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"When you hear the names Columbine, El Paso, Las Vegas -- we do not want Fort Worth to ever be on that list," Rollins said. "And that's the overriding goal of what (the Crisis Intervention Team) does every day. And we work on it 24 hours a day."

The Crisis Intervention Team is a partnership between police and law liaisons from My Health My Resources Tarrant County as well as U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials.

After getting the 911 call, the team feared the incident could be a "Midland-Odessa" situation, referencing the Aug. 31 shootings in West Texas that left seven people dead and more than 25 injured, police said. The father was worried, too, in the current climate of mass shootings.

The 27-year-old was initially taken to a clinic for a psychiatric evaluation, where medical staff are determining how much of a public safety risk he poses and what course of treatment would be best for him.

Any charges against the man are pending, police said.

"Our utmost concern is making sure he receives the care he needs," said Officer Buddy Calzada, a police spokesman. "Once an evaluation about his care has been determined, a decision will be made from there."

 

When officers found the man on Sept. 3, he specifically mentioned wanting to kill members of his family, or anyone he could find, Rollins said. He spoke with a flat, emotionless voice.

The way he was talking, Rollins said, indicated to officers that something was seriously wrong.

"He said, just, 'I want to kill people.' He reiterated this many times," Rollins said. "He was ... not living in reality."

He said he can think of at least four times off the top of his head that police had dealt with the individual. Police wouldn't describe his past behavior or mental health issues.

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