Off-Duty Deputy Injured in Shooting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Officials say an off-duty Tarrant County sheriff's deputy was shot twice by an unknown assailant as he sat outside a Fort Worth grocery store.

Deputy Michael Beeson was alert and being questioned last night by police at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital.

Sheriff Dee Anderson says Beeson was sitting on a bench in full uniform and talking to his wife on a cell phone about 10 p.m. last night. That's when a man walked up and pulled a gun on him.

Beeson was shot but was able to return fire. The man fell and then got up and fled. Anderson says it could have been a robbery attempt.

Fort Worth police officers arrived to find Beeson lying in the parking lot with gunshot wounds to his hip and face.

Sheriff's officials say a man who authorities believe is the suspect in the shooting arrived at Harris Methodist with a gunshot wound early this morning.

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