ARLINGTON — A brawl outside an east-side bar early Thursday turned deadly when a 31-year-old man firing into the crowd was fatally shot by an officer, Arlington police said.
Alex Nguyen of Fort Worth was pronounced dead in the parking lot of Saigon Nites, 2410 E. Arkansas Lane, at 1:06 a.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner.
The officer, who works traffic, pulled into the parking lot “just as a matter of routine patrol,” said Sgt. Christopher Cook, an Arlington police spokesman. As he entered the parking lot, he was flagged down by a security guard, who reported a disturbance.
Around the same time, a 911 caller reported a large fight at a local bar involving more than 20 people, Cook said.
When the officer got out of his vehicle, he saw a man firing into the crowd, Cook said.
“This led to a confrontation,” Cook said, and the officer shot Nguyen.
The officer, whose name was not released, has been placed on routine administrative leave with pay. The officer was not injured.
Update by Tanya Eiserer at noon: Alex Nguyen, 31, of Fort Worth, has been identified by the 1Tarrant County Medical Exminer as the man killed by police.
Original post at 8:29 a.m.: An Arlington police officer is on administrative leave with pay following a fatal shooting early this morning outside a nightclub.
According to police, just after 1 Thursday morning an officer with the Traffic Unit was on routine patrol when he pulled into the parking lot at 2400 E. Arkansas Lane, just off State Highway 360. Police say the officer was flagged down by an armed security guard who needed help dealing with a disturbance at the Star Saigon Bar and Grill, which had spilled into the parking lot. At the same time, police say, they received a 911 call concerning a fight at that very location involving more than 20 people — most or perhaps even all of whom may have arrived together, according to KTVT-Channel 11.