Texas man fatally shoots apartment maintenance worker who tried to break up office argument: reports

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A Fort Worth, Texas, man was charged with murder Friday after he allegedly shot and killed a maintenance worker at the building where he lived, according to reports.

The Fort Worth Police Department said Devin Smith, 29, of Fort Worth apparently pulled a gun during a heated argument at his property and fatally shot Carlos Aybar, a maintenance worker.

Devin Smith Mugshot

Devin Smith of Forth Worth, Texas, booking photo (Tarrant County Jail)

FOX 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth reported that Smith went to the building’s front office to address letters he received from management.

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Fort Worth Police Officer Daniel Segura told FOX 4 he didn’t know what the conversation was about, but whatever it was, Smith was at the front office to deal with an issue at the building where he lived. .

FOX 4 reported that neighbors believe the incident was over an eviction notice.

Lights flashing on the roof of a police patrol car

Lights flashing on the roof of a police patrol car (iStock)

As Smith was talking to an employee at the apartment building, things got heated and the employee called Aybar’s office to help diffuse a tense situation.


During the encounter, police said, Smith allegedly shot Aybar several times. Aybar was pronounced dead at the scene.

Smith fled to his apartment after the shooting.

Minutes after police arrived, they went to Smith’s apartment, and he was taken into custody without incident.

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Smith was held on $150,000 bond at the Tarrant County Jail, and is scheduled to appear in court on May 1.

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