Two suspects have been arrested and charged by Fort Worth police in connection to a convenience store robbery that resulted in the shooting death of a dog about two weeks ago. Let’s see about the incident in detail.
Who are Donovin Copeland and Billy Don Copeland?
Donovin Copeland, 18, and his brother Billy Don Copeland, 21, were arrested on Saturday when robbery detectives found where Donovin Copeland was. He was wanted for many aggravated robberies. He was allegedly in an apartment in southwest Fort Worth, close to the 6200 block of Vega Drive. Two individuals were spotted leaving the flat in a car after the area was under observation.
— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) January 15, 2023
Officers came up to them at this point and discovered the Copelands, who were swiftly taken into custody. According to authorities, Billy Copeland had a revolver on him at the time that his brother had taken during one of his thefts. Following a thorough search of the apartment, a rifle was also found.
They were both taken into custody by the Fort Worth Police Department. Billy Copeland is accused with harboring a fugitive and having unlawful possession of a firearm by a criminal.
According to police, as the investigation goes on, more charges could be filed. In response to an aggravated robbery, Fort Worth police were called to Sunny’s Market at 6001 N. Main Street around 1:30 on Monday, January 2.
On Thursday, the FWPD released security footage that showed the suspect’s attempt to reach the cash register while Peanut, the employee’s dog, approached him.
The suspect was shot and died while Peanut attempted to defend his owner. The guy is then shown waving a gun at the employee on video as he removes an undisclosed amount of money from the register and places it in a cash bag. The employee’s car keys seem to have been taken from a pocketbook by the suspect as well.
A 12-year veteran of the Fort Worth Police Department’s robbery investigation unit, Detective Brian Raynsford, claimed he had never encountered a criminal quite like this one.
“He is one of the most dangerous and violent individuals I’ve seen.”
Donovin Copeland was previously detained three times in 2017: on September 9 in Denton County on charges of using a vehicle without a license, using a weapon without a license, and tampering with physical evidence; on October 30 in Parker County when he eluded a deputy after the officer discovered a gun and drugs in his car; and once more on November 17 in White Settlement on charges of assaulting a woman at a motel.
Dog ‘Peanut’ was shot and killed at the scene.
Jacki Anderson, the store employee, told KXAS-TV that she had owned Peanut the dog for 12 years.
Anderson told the NBC station in a written statement,
“Everybody says I am lucky to have my life, but he pretty much stole it from me right then,”
“My baby girl was my best friend, and that store that I can longer step foot in after practically living there for nine years was my life. All those people I saw every day that I can no longer speak to because I don’t want to relive it.”
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