FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A standoff between SWAT and an owner who shot a team of lawn mowers and code compliance officers after they gave him a ticket for tall grass has ended.
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It lasted from 8:30 a.m. to noon when SWAT agents threw a smoke bomb at the man’s house. Fort Worth police officers were also shot while standing outside the house in the 4800 block of Cedar Springs Drive.
It all started when police and code compliance from Fort Worth arrived to serve the warrant. They knocked on the door to inform the owner of the warrant and what action would be taken, police said. But after several unsuccessful attempts, the independent mowing company started mowing the grass.
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Moments later, someone from inside the house opened the front window and started shooting mowers, code compliance officers and Fort Worth. The officers withdrew and took cover while awaiting the arrival of additional units. As the police took cover, the suspect again shot the police twice, police said.
Police told CBS 11 News that they have had issues with the owner before, dating back to 2010. The latest incident was the third time in 2021 that a contractor was sent to mow his garden. For this reason, the contractors had police officers with them. The owner had 14 days to mow his garden after the initial complaint.
Paramedics attended to the man after he got out. Police did not give the extent of his injuries (if any).
There is no word on the pending charges against the man.
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