Tarrant County Sheriff's Office deputy shot at Fort Worth credit union, suspect in custody

Peyton Yager and Dionne Anglin
Fox 4 News
November 27, 2023

FORT WORTH, Texas - A Tarrant County Sheriff's Office deputy shot in Fort Worth on Monday afternoon is out of surgery and recovering.

"I’m absolutely delighted to report that our deputy went through surgery and the outlook is good," said Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn on Monday night.

35-year-old Brent Brown is out of surgery after being shot twice at the Fort Worth Community Credit Union on Brentwood Stair Road in east Fort Worth.

"Brent stood his ground. He did his duty, and he what he did today is what law enforcement expects out of all of our officers, and he did it well," said Sheriff Waybourn.

A 911 call came from inside the credit union just after 3:30 p.m. saying the off-duty Tarrant County sheriff's deputy had been shot while working security.

Sheriff Waybourn said the deputy was shot once in the lower abdomen and once in the chest.

Video from outside the credit union shows the front windows of the credit union shattered.

Sheriff Waybourn confirmed Deputy Brown did return fire after the suspect shot him.

It is unclear how many rounds were exchanged.

After a brief manhunt, police confirmed a suspect was in custody. He has since been identified as 35-year-old Leland Williams.

About a half-mile away from the shooting scene, SKY 4 captured Fort Worth police officers and SWAT surrounding a home off Lynnwood Hills Drive.

An armored SWAT truck was staged on the back side of the house.

"I saw the street blocked off. I didn’t know what was going on," said Lee Wesley who lives in the area.

Williams is now in the Tarrant County jail charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer. His bond was set at $100,000.

Police did not share a motive for the shooting.

Typically, federal investigators take over during bank robbery cases, but Fort Worth PD is the lead agency in Monday's shooting.

Fort Worth Police Chief Neil Noakes said right now only limited information is being released.

"When I let the scene to come here to the hospital to be with the Sheriff and the deputy we still had Investigators on scene that were collecting information and talking to witnesses and making sure we have a successful prosecution to this case," said Chief Noakes.

Fort Worth police said no one else was injured in the shooting.

Brown has been a member of the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office since 2011. He works in the Warrant Division.