Man Brandishing ‘Replica Firearm’ Shot by Dallas Police

UPDATED throughout with more information from Dallas police.

PHOTO: Courtesy TxDOT

Dallas police fatally shot a man brandishing what was later found to be a replica firearm after he reportedly stole from a nearby CVS near Coit Drive and Interestate 635 Monday evening.

Dallas police said that officers responded to a call around 4 p.m. regarding a man walking around with a gun in the 14000 block of Rolling Hills Lane, where he reportedly attempted to carjack a motorist near a school, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia told reporters Monday night.

“Upon officers arrival, they encountered the suspect, at which time he pointed a handgun at the officers and fled on foot,” a statement from Dallas police said. “The officers called for cover and began to set up a perimeter.”

Suspect on Esperanza Road. PHOTO: Courtesy Dallas Police Department

At 4:32 p.m., officers confronted the suspect on Esperanza Road.

“The suspect reached into his back waistband, produced a handgun, and pointed it at officers – the officers did not fire upon the suspect,” Dallas police said, adding that he then ran through the parking lot of an apartment complex.

  • 5:09 p.m. – A robbery call came in at the CVS at 13033 Coit Road regarding a suspect who entered, took property, and fled out the back door. The suspect pointed his gun at the manager as he was fleeing
  • 5:23 p.m. – A 911 call came in regarding a man with a gun on foot. The suspect was located by officers and ran across LBJ. The suspect pointed his gun at the officers, at which time our officers discharged their weapons, striking the suspect. 

About 30 minutes later, a call from a nearby CVS found that someone matching the description of the man had stolen from inside the store, pointed his gun at a manager, and then fled on foot after exiting from the back door.

Roughly 10 minutes later, a 911 call reported a man with a gun on foot.

An officer then saw the man flee to a nearby business before running across 635 and then heading to the eastbound service road of Interstate 635, encountering uniformed officers and squad cars.

“The suspect pointed his handgun at the officers, resulting in officers discharging their weapon, striking the suspect,” the statement said, adding that three officers fired their weapons, striking the suspect at least twice.

Officers, and then Dallas Fire and Rescue, provided medical attention to the suspect at the scene before he was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he later died of his injuries.

Left: A Smith and Wesson revolver; right: the replica weapon allegedly carried by the suspect. PHOTO: Dallas Police Department

“It was later determined the gun was a replica firearm,” police said. Much of roadway around the incident was closed to motorists until fairly late in the evening Monday as police investigated.

Garcia later said that prior to the carjacking report, an armed robbery was reported at a nearby Fiesta supermarket around 2:30 p.m. That suspect’s description matched the suspect that was shot.

Garcia said the department would release a photo of the replica firearm sometime Tuesday.

Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at [email protected].

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