A man wanted for an April assault involving a handgun at University of Texas at Tyler student housing was shot to death by police in Fort Worth on Sunday.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram has identified the man as JaQuavion Slaton, 20, who was wanted in connection to a domestic violence assault with a handgun at UT Tyler off-campus student housing April 28.
At the time, UT Tyler police said Slaton should be considered armed and dangerous. The incident happened at Victory Village, which was known as The Reserve before being purchased by the college in May 2018.
The Associated Press reported the man was shot after fleeing from police and then refusing to comply with instructions from officers to exit a truck he was hiding in. The Fort Worth Police Department said he had a handgun at the time of the shooting, and investigators concluded it had been fired.
Three officers are on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
After the shooting, hundreds gathered at the scene to protest, according to the Associate Press. The Star Telegram reported activists were protesting because the police department would not release body cam footage.
Lucas Roebuck, UT Tyler’s Vice President for Marketing and Chief Communications Officer, released a statement on Wednesday.
Roebuck said the UT Tyler Police Department had been in contact with Fort Worth Police Department about three warrants issued for Slaton on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault family violence/impeding breath from the April incident.
Neither Slaton nor the victim were UT Tyler students. The victim’s lease appears to have been grandfathered in from before the university purchased the apartment complex. Slaton was not on the lease, but police believe he was living at the residence.