The family of the man fatally shot near Harker Heights High School on Tuesday night are accusing police of not tending to his wounds quickly enough; however, police said they performed life-saving measures until paramedics arrived.
Quinton Ford, 19, was fatally shot after a gun deal erupted into gunfire in the school’s parking lot around 11 p.m., according to an arrest affidavit released to the Herald on Thursday.
Three arrests have been made in the case.
“The argument escalated and multiple shots were fired,” police said in a news release Wednesday.
Two relatives said they think their brother would still be alive if police had called for medical help sooner.
HHPD released the following timeline of Tuesday’s events in response to media requests:
- 11:09 to 11:12 p.m.: Six calls reporting shots fired.
- 11:11 p.m.: Police units dispatched to the call.
- 11:12 p.m.: First police unit arrives on the scene.
- 11:19 p.m.: Officer notes an individual may be hiding in the woods and is possibly shot, prior to locating Ford.
- 11:20 p.m.: Officer requests EMS
- 11:20 p.m.: Officers discover Ford in a wooded area off Verna Lee after assistance from a family member, whom Ford had contacted.
- 11:21 p.m.: Officers began life-saving measures. One of the officers rendering aid is combat life-saver military trained.
- 11:26 p.m.: EMS arrived on the scene.
- 11:27 p.m.: Ford is placed on gurney.
- 11:28 p.m.: Ford is placed in the ambulance and immediately received advanced cardiac life support to include CPR. EMS consulted the city’s medical director on care for the patient and were advised to transport Ford to Seton Medical Center Harker Heights given the severity of the injuries.
- 11:44 p.m.: EMS departs for Seton.
- 11:49 p.m.: EMS arrives at Seton.
- 12:08 a.m.: Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson pronounces Ford deceased at the hospital.
According to Ford’s sister-in-law, Kristin Ford, he was conscious enough to call his sister for help after he had been shot multiple times.
“He called my sister-in-law (Kara Ford) and he told her that he had gotten shot,” Kristin Ford told the Herald on Wednesday.
Kara Ford said he texted her his location.
Kristin Ford, Kara Ford, and Jayson Ford, Quinton Ford’s brother, arrived at the scene of the shooting to find Quinton Ford bleeding in the grass near the school, they said.
“He was across the street in the grass,” Kristin Ford said. “He had a bunch of gunshots in his body. I told him to look at me and I said he had to keep looking at me, but the cops pulled me off of him and they wouldn’t let us take him to the hospital. The cop was cursing at us and said ‘I don’t give a f---,’ he was pushing us back, and told us we’d go to jail if we didn’t get back.”
She provided a video of the family’s interaction with police to the Herald that substantiated the family’s claims.
Kristin Ford said the interaction with the Harker Heights Police Department left her feeling as if the police treated her brother-in-law like an animal rather than a human being.
“It was like they didn’t even care about him,” she said. “He died because he lost too much blood. If we could’ve got to him, he would’ve made it. We could’ve had him to the hospital a good 30 minutes before they even got there and we could’ve saved him a lot of blood.”
Ford was lying in the grass bleeding for an hour, the family said, before he was transported to Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights.
The Herald submitted questions to HHPD regarding whether Ford’s wounds were dressed at the scene, if an air ambulance was called Tuesday, and why Ford was taken to Seton versus a level 1 trauma hospital such as Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center or Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple. The Herald did not receive a response from HHPD by deadline Thursday.
HHPD’s initial news release on the shooting, sent Wednesday afternoon, had no information on the time of death, nor any mention of police attempting life-saving measures. It also made no mention of any arrests in the shooting, which the Herald had submitted an inquiry about earlier in the day.
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Kristin Ford said she lost trust in the Harker Heights Police Department on Tuesday evening.
“It was terrible,” she said through tears. “They didn’t shoot him, but they didn’t get him there (to a hospital) fast enough to get help. He deserved better.”
The family created a GoFundMe account to help pay for Ford’s funeral expenses. To donate, go to https://bit.ly/32FeUCE. The fundraiser had raised $1,800 of its $10,000 goal as of Thursday evening.