“They prevented 18 officers inside from leaving the building by barricading entrances and securing doors with wires, ropes, boards, picnic tables and sandbags. Some members of the group carried handguns and rifles and wore military or tactical clothing,” the DA’s office said in a statement.
The officers and their 10-day-old baby were not injured. They were on the second floor at the time.
After a four-year-old girl was transported to a nearby hospital, the deputy—whose name has not been released—spoke with the family, learning that she was especially fond of Cinderella. He left, went to a local store, and purchased a Cinderella dress and crown for her.
Detective Alan Branch of the the Arlington (TX) Police Department was off duty and participating in group bicycle ride with petitioners of his Fort Worth church when a vehicle struck several riders in late August.
Officer Patrick Niles—who is also a certified EMT—provided life-saving care as other first responders arrived at the scene.