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Posted: 4/24/2002 4:27:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/24/2002 7:55:25 PM EDT by pakrat]
White Settlement, TX - just outside of Ft. Worth. Cpt. Scott Monier was shot and killed today while assisting on a call of domestic disturbance. Information that has been provided, says that Cpt. Monier was hit three times. Cpt. Monier was able to return fire. The suspect was killed but at this time, it is not known who delivered the lethal shot to the suspect. Ft. Worth PD evidently responded and also engaged the suspect with gunfire. Cpt. Monier was Care Flighted to one of the major trauma centers where he passed away. Information is still scetchy at this time. Cpt. Monier was a fine officer and one that many of his fellow officer's looked up to. Even though my time with WSPD was a short, I admired him greatly. He had that air about him that people really loved. He was an outstanding officer and will be sorely missed. Cpt. Monier was married and has two children. Please keep the family in your prayers and all the officers at White Settlement. When funeral arrangements are made known, I will pass them on to you. Pakrat "Nemo Me Impune Lacessit"
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 4:32:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 4:38:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/24/2002 4:50:22 PM EDT by ChrisLe]
My condolences to the friends, family, and coworkers of the fallen officer. In a society where sports figures are revered as heroes the true heroes slip silently into the night.....Lest we never forget the true heroes.. [USA] [USA]
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 4:57:21 PM EDT
My condolences, and those of my coworkers to the friends, family, and coworkers of the fallen officer. dp Try this link for info. [url]http://www.dallasnews.com/latestnews/stories/042402dnmetshooting.206b297c.html[/url]
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 5:22:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 8:04:14 PM EDT
White Settlement policeman slain By DEANNA BOYD Star-Telegram Staff Writer Star-Telegram - RON T. ENNIS (picture) Escorting a woman from potential danger, a tactical officer trains his weapon at a White Settlement house where a man accused of shooting a police officer was holed up Wednesday afternoon. Betty Cook lives at the residence. The officer and the suspect died. WHITE SETTLEMENT - A White Settlement police captain investigating a domestic disturbance was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon, and his assailant, wounded by return gunfire, later was found dead in a house where he had barricaded himself. It was not immediately known if the gunman, James Southall, 67, who lived at the residence with his girlfriend, died of the police gunshot wounds or if he had also shot himself. Capt. Scott Monier, 37, an 11-year veteran and a former Tarrant County jailer, was shot twice in the abdomen and once in the chest and died in surgery at Harris Methodist Fort Worth. He was not wearing a protective vest, officials said. He was the first White Settlement police officer killed in the line of duty. He is survived by his wife, Vicki, a schoolteacher in Peaster, and two young daughters. The shooting occurred shortly after 1 p.m. at 9009 Farmers Road, where Southall had lived with Betty Cook, 65, for about five years, Cook's granddaughters said. The granddaughters, upset that Southall had been abusive to Betty Cook, called police when Southall pulled a gun after refusing to let them use a phone. Monier was shot when he entered the home as the granddaughters spoke outside with another officer responding to the 911 call. One of granddaughters, Brandy Cook, 21, said Southall recently "had gotten more verbal, more physical," and Betty Cook recently had attempted to evict him. "None of the family could get him to leave," Brandy Cook said. "My grandmother wanted him out of the house, but he wouldn't leave." Police said they had unconfirmed reports that Southall had had mental problems. Brandy Cook said Southall had been previously hospitalized for a mental breakdown. Monier's slaying stunned the 30-member Police Department. "It's been very trying," police spokesman John Clapp said at a late afternoon news conference. "Everybody is shocked and very emotional." City Manager Gus Pappas said the shooting of Monier "seems to have been very random and basically without purpose, a useless act of violence." Police Chief David Place described the slain officer as "one of the strong rocks in my command. ... Society and law enforcement lost a good man." Brandy Cook said she and her sister, Monica Lolless, 18, went to the Farmers Road home to visit their grandmother Wednesday and were greeted by a visibly upset Southall, who slammed the door behind them as they entered. "He said he couldn't take us kids always coming over," Brandy Cook said. A few minutes later, as they stood on the front porch out of Southall's earshot, the grandmother confided to the granddaughters that Southall had hit her Tuesday. "She said, `I want him gone, but he won't leave,' " Brandy Cook said. "We were mad. That's when I went in the house to call my uncle." But inside, Southall refused to let her use the telephone, which had been unplugged from the jack, she said. "I went in there and said, `Can you hook up the phone so I can make a phone call.' He said, `No.' `I said, well you've hit the wrong person.' " (cont.....)
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 8:05:20 PM EDT
As the granddaughters left to call an uncle from the nearby West Elementary School, Southall pulled a .45-caliber gun and "ran after me," Brandy Cook said. The sisters, however, fled to the school and called police. "The 911 call came in from the school. The caller advised that a man was holding a gun on her grandmother," Clapp said. The granddaughters were standing in the middle of the street with one of the responding officers when Brandy Cook saw Southall on the porch with a gun, Betty Cook standing nearby. "She kept telling the officers she could calm him down," Brandy Cook said. "We didn't think he was going to do it and then he cocked it." About that time, police said, other officers had arrived at the scene and Monier had entered the house through a back door, apparently attracting Southall's attention. "He (Southall) was standing in the doorway. He went back in the house and that's when the gunfire was exchanged between the two of them," Pappas said. "And then Capt. Monier came out the front of the house injured." Brandy Cook said she heard five shots ring out. Clapp said Southall opened fire on Monier and the wounded officer returned at least one shot, then stumbled out one of two front doors and onto the front yard. Brandy Cook said she didn't see the wounded officer. "All I saw was him (Southall) point the gun at me and then shoot," she said. "I didn't know an officer had been hit until I was next door and I saw them take him out. I thought he (Southall) had shot himself." The wounded officer was pulled out of the line of fire by other officers and was rushed to Harris Methodist, where he died less than two hours later in surgery. "Capt. Monier had apparently, so I understand, told some of his fellow officers when he was being taken away that he believed that he had shot him," Pappas said. After shooting Monier, Southall barricaded himself in the house as White Settlement police, later replaced by the Fort Worth tactical team and police snipers, surrounded the residence. They also ordered West Elementary into a "lockdown" to prevent students or teachers from inadvertently walking into a potentially dangerous situation. As the afternoon wore on, police attempted repeatedly to contact Southall by phone and loud speaker but received no response. At 4:45 p.m. they fired the first of two rounds of tear gas into the residence. There was no response. An hour later, after obtaining a search warrant, they fired a second volley of tear gas and stormed inside. (cont......)
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 8:06:26 PM EDT
"Once they entered, they found Mr. Southall dead," Pappas said. "Apparently he had died from the wounds that had been inflicted in the gunshots that were exchanged between him and Capt. Monier." Police did not say where or how many times Southall had been shot. Brandy Cook said Southall was retired from the military and claimed he had served in "special services," and he liked guns. "My fiance sold him that gun," she said. "If we would have known he was nuts, we wouldn't have sold him the gun." Brandy Cook said Southall had a horrible temper and would often be mean to her 12-year-old sister, who lived at the house with her grandmother and Southall. The girl was at school at the time of the shooting. An adult grandson and his wife also live at the home but were not there Wednesday afternoon. She said Southall had never abused the grandmother in front of family. "He wants his way or no way," she said. "He's jealous. He wants her for himself. Staff writer Bill Teeter contributed to this report.
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 8:17:39 PM EDT
Man that is close to home. (about 5 min.) My condolences to his family, and commendation to him for his service to his community. He should have been wearing a vest though.
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 10:04:21 PM EDT
"you will surely go to heaven my son, for you have done your time in hell" my prayers go out to fellow officers and the family i know what it's like to lose a partner.
Link Posted: 4/24/2002 10:58:51 PM EDT
This hurts each of us, all we can do is pray for the family and learn from it. May no other peace officer's familie have to face a loss like this by themselfs. My family and I send our condolences, God bless.
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 12:39:26 AM EDT
Go with God Brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children and friends and co-workers.
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 10:10:55 AM EDT
[usa] my condolences as well
Link Posted: 4/26/2002 2:19:02 AM EDT
My prayers to the familly of the fallen officer and his co-workers. [usa]
Link Posted: 4/26/2002 3:40:03 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/27/2002 5:06:57 PM EDT
Hopefully the family will be taken care of. Wife and 2 kids, and NOT wearing a vest---jesus. ...shot twice in the abdomen and once in the chest...died later. NOT wearing a vest---Sounds like a lesson learned... MY wife and kid are the main reasons that my vest goes with me whenever I am in harm's way- and I'm not even a cop.
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