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Standoff ends with police shooting suspect

Grand Prairie police bloch the entrance to the Grand Courtyard Apartments while tactical team members try to get an armed barricaded person out of his apartment.    ©Bob Fitch - 2008/All rights reserved

A Grand Prairie police sharpshooter shot and killed William Kevin Stanmore, 46, early Monday morning after a 3 hour standoff at the Grand Courtyard Apartments, 525 W.  Westchester. 

Detective John Brimmer, Grand Prairie police spokesman, said the incident began around 4:09 a.m. when police were called to investigate a man with a gun who was threatening to kill himself.  When officers arrived they found Stanmore barricaded inside his apartment and discharging a firearm.  

Residents in surrounding apartments had to be evacuated for safety sake as the department's tactical team and negotiators were brought in. 

Negotiators made contact with Stanmore but were unable to talk him into surrendering.  He continued to fire numerous rounds while inside his apartment.

About 7:05 a.m. Stanmore began firing at police and exited his apartment armed with a handgun.  The sharpshooter had to shoot the suspect in order to protect other officers and the public, Detective Brimmer said.

Initial information provided to police indicates Stanmore may have suffered from a mental disorder and had recently quit taking his medication. 

Stanmore was transported by Fire Department ambulance to Medical Center of Arlington where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Detective Brimmer said none of the Grand Prairie police officers were injured by the gun fire and the officer involved in the shooting will placed on paid administrative leave while the department's internal affairs investigates the shooting. 


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