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Teen, 19, who used a CHILD as a human shield during stand-off with SWAT teams is shot in the head

Teen, 19, who used a CHILD as a human shield during stand-off with SWAT teams is fatally shot in the head after teams stormed the building he was holed up in

  • Markevvion Devonte Cannon, 19, was killed from a gunshot wound to the head on July 18, following a call from a woman saying a gunman was in her apartment
  • SWAT and heavily armored officers quickly descended on the Fort Worth property, training their weapons towards a unit on the third floor of a complex
  • As officers approached the building, Cannon used handgun to fire several rounds at responders on the ground below, striking one officer’s shield
  • Chief of Police Ed Kraus said authorities were unable to return fire because he was holding up a child and using them as a screen
  • Officers later stormed the apartment to find Cannon hiding in a closet with three children on the floor in front. He refused to surrender and was shot in the head 

Police in Texas shot and killed a man on Thursday afternoon after he attempted to use a child as human-shield in an exchange of gunfire with officers, authorities have confirmed.

Markevvion Devonte Cannon, 19, was killed from a single gunshot wound to the head on July 18, following a 911 call from a woman whispering that there was a man with a gun inside her Fort Worth apartment.

SWAT and heavily armored officers quickly descended on the property, training their weapons towards a unit on the third floor of an apartment complex at 2900 Broadmoor Drive.

As officers approached the building, Cannon used handgun to fire several rounds at responders on the ground below, striking one officer’s shield.

SWAT and heavily armored officers quickly descended on the property, training their weapons towards a unit on the third floor of an apartment complex at 2900 Broadmoor Drive

Chief of Police Ed Kraus said authorities were unable to return fire because he was holding up a child and using them as a screen.

Hostage communicators attempted to build a dialogue with Cannon after he barricaded the door of the apartment to prevent entry to little avail.

SWAT officers then made their way up to the third floor of the building where they reportedly heard more gunshots.

Markevvion Devonte Cannon (pictured on a stretcher), 19, was killed from a single gunshot wound to the head on July 18, following a 911 call from a woman whispering that there was a man with a gun inside her Fort Worth apartment, where children were inside

Markevvion Devonte Cannon (pictured on a stretcher), 19, was killed from a single gunshot wound to the head on July 18, following a 911 call from a woman whispering that there was a man with a gun inside her Fort Worth apartment, where children were inside

As officers approached the building, Cannon used handgun to fire several rounds at responders on the ground below, striking one officer¿s shield. Fire couldn't be returned as he was holding a child as a shield

As officers approached the building, Cannon used handgun to fire several rounds at responders on the ground below, striking one officer’s shield. Fire couldn’t be returned as he was holding a child as a shield

Fearing for the hostage’s lives, they stormed through the front door where they found Cannon clutching a handgun in the master bedroom closet with three hostages sat on the floor.

Cannon failed to comply with the officers’ demands to surrender and raise his weapon.

As a result, one of the SWAT team – a nine-year-veteran – fired one shot and struck Cannon in the head.

The three hostages were then escorted out by officers. They haven’t been identified but were later revealed to be a 12-year-old girl, 15-year-old male and a 19-year-old female.

None of the hostages were related to the gunman, police have said.

Shortly afterwards, police carried Cannon’s body out of the apartment on a gurney, where injuries to his upper body were visible, along with blood on his head and face.

Cannon was then transported to the nearby JPS Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to police, Cannon had gone to the apartment to visit his ex-girlfriend and an infant child that they shared together.

However, the visit appeared to be unannounced, as he had an active warrant for his arrest for assault one of his ex-partner’s family members and his ex-girlfriend, dated for May 21.

An altercation broke out between the pair on his arrival which led to police being called.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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