Early Sunday morning an officer involved fatal shooting took place in downtown Wichita Falls. Wichita Falls Public Information Officer Jeff Hughes released the following statement this afternoon with details about the incident.

On Sunday morning, 07-13-14, just after 2 a.m. Officer Scott Poole was patrolling through a bar parking lot in the 1400 blk of North Scott. At that location, he discovered an active disturbance between two rival gangs where one victim had been “pistol whipped” by a suspect. A witness on scene pointed out the suspect to Officer Poole and said “he has a gun”. The suspect with the gun fled on foot southbound across North Scott while Officer Poole pursued him in his marked police unit. As the suspect was fleeing, he tossed a handgun in the vacant lot and continued to flee Officer Poole. Officer Poole caught up to the suspect at which time the suspect turned and pointed a second handgun at Officer Poole. Officer Poole then discharged his handgun striking the suspect one time. Officers performed CPR on the suspect until First Responders and AMR arrived on the scene. Both handguns that the suspect had possessed were recovered at the scene.

The suspect was transported to United Regional Health Care System where he was pronounced dead at 2:37am from his injury. The suspect was identified as Armando Noeh Aleman, Hispanic male, DOB 07-19-1979 (age 34). Aleman was a convicted felon and served time in the Texas Department of Corrections. Aleman was known gang member and had a criminal history that included Robbery, Aggravated Robbery, Burglary of a Habitation, Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG 1 and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

Aleman’s body was sent to Tarrant County Medical Examiner for an Autopsy.

Officer Poole has been placed on administrative leave per department policy. The Criminal Investigations Section and the Office of Professional Conduct will be investigating the incident. The case will be referred to the Wichita County Grand Jury by the District Attorney’s Office once the investigation is complete.

Officer Jeff Hughes.
WFPD Public Information Officer.