Police Refuse To Release Details Of Officer Traffic Stop Killing


Texas police are being tight lipped about a recent officer involved shooting resulting in the death of 31-year-old North Richland Hills resident, Ruben Villalpando.

Grapevine police said the shooting happened minutes after an officer cleared an alarm call at a business in the 3500 block of William D. Tate Avenue, Friday.

The officers identity is currently being withheld.

After reporting the call as a false alarm, the officer initiated a traffic stop on the Toyota sedan Villalpando was driving, police say.

Grapevine police say Villalpando led their officer on a brief pursuit, stopping in the 2500 block of State Highway 121.

Police say Villalpando and the officer got in an altercation and the officer shot the Villalpando twice in the chest.

Officials say they are trying to determine whether or not the traffic stop was related to the alarm but have released few details. Including whether or not Villalpando  was armed.

Villalpando does not appear to have a criminal history in Tarrant County.

In 2009, he got a misdemeanor in Dallas County for driving 78 mph on a 60-mph road, but that charge was later dismissed, according to Dallas County court records.

The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave. An internal investigation into the incident has been launched.

Grapevine police did not respond to Police State Daily requests for comment.