A man is facing charges after a deadly pursuit that started as a road rage shooting in Fort Worth on Monday ended in the deaths of two teenagers in Kennedale.
Police said an off-duty officer driving on Interstate 20 in South Fort Worth saw a car set fire to another vehicle.
Officers working the Fort Worth Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center were alerted and soon spotted the vehicle on city cameras.
Officers were directed to the location of the vehicle and attempted to stop the driver at Mansfield Highway and Interstate 20, but the driver refused to stop.
The driver was driving southbound on West Kennedale Parkway when he hit another vehicle and overturned at Dick Price Road. Two of the three occupants of the vehicle died in the accident while the third was admitted to the hospital.
The two teenagers killed in the crash have been identified as 17-year-old Jaquan Cason and 19-year-old Gabrielle Ramirez. Both teenagers died of blunt force injuries, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Dedrien Fales, 20, was also in the car and is expected to be charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and aggravated assault/discharge of a firearm, police said. As of this writing, bond amounts have not been set. It’s unclear if Failure has obtained an attorney.
The driver who was struck by the oncoming vehicle was also injured in the accident and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Officers investigating the crash pulled the vehicle over and found two firearms that had been thrown from it. Police later learned that the vehicle they were chasing had been stolen in Grand Prairie. Investigators have not released who was driving the vehicle.
He told NBC 5 he heard the crash and ran outside.
“I was sitting in the store and I heard a loud noise. So I went outside and I thought I should call 911 because the car was full of smoke at first, but an officer was already there,” the woman said.
Fort Worth Police said an officer responding to the initial investigation suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital as a precaution.
Police have not been able to locate the driver who fired the first shot and no victims have come forward, investigators said.