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‘This was an ambush situation’: Video released of suspect shooting at Haltom City officers in neighborhood

The suspect killed two people and injured four others, including three officers, on Saturday before taking his own life, according to police.

HALTOM CITY, Texas — Haltom City police have released surveillance video of an “ambush” shooting that left three officers injured on Saturday night. Prior to officers arriving, the suspect had killed two people at a home, police said.

During an update on Sunday, police released more details on the shooting incident, including the identities of those involved, that led to a heavy police presence at a neighborhood for hours.

Police said they responded to a home at around 6:45 p.m. Saturday in the 5700 block of Diamond Oaks Drive. A man and woman were found fatally shot at the home, police said.

According to police, an elderly neighbor had called 911 but was also shot by the suspect. The neighbor was hospitalized and is expected to be okay.

In a news conference on Sunday, police showed video of officers responding to the scene. The video shows three officers walking down the street before shots were fired.

Police said the suspect shot at the officers, which led to an exchange of gunfire. The video shows one of the three officers staying down on the street while the other two ran for cover. 

One other officer appeared to be injured as he took cover behind a nearby car. More officers could be seen entering the area with their weapons drawn.

“This was an ambush situation,” Haltom City Police Chief Cody Phillips said.

Three officers were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. They were identified as Cpl. Zach Tabler and officers Tim Barton and Jose Avila.

One of the officers was shot in the arm, finger and leg, another in both legs, and the third was hit in the thigh.

Police said the suspect, later identified as Edward Freyman, 28, fled the area, which led to authorities asking residents in the area of Glenview Drive and Denton Highway to stay indoors.

Freyman was eventually found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound about a mile from the initial scene in the 3900 block of Golden Oaks Drive. He was found with a “military-style rifle” and a handgun, according to police.

The victims who were found dead at the home of the initial call were identified as Amber Tsai, 32, and Collin Davis, 33. The relationship between the suspect and victims are unknown, but police said they knew each other.

Chief Phillips said that numerous homes and vehicles were struck by bullets during the incident. There were no other injuries reported from nearby residents.

Phillips estimated hundreds of rounds were fired in total during the incident.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.

One neighbor spoke to WFAA about witnessing the shooting.

“I heard a neighbor across the street just screaming, ‘Get down, go inside’ and it hit,” Krystyn Rodriguez said. “We’re all still processing. We haven’t really come to terms that this has really occurred.”



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