Officer Involved Shooting at 13700 N. Central Exwy

On August 27, 2014, at approximately 12:40am, a disturbance between individuals in two vehicles at the gas pumps of the gas station located in the 13700 block of North Central Expressway. The disturbance was witnessed by an employee of the location. One shot was fired. One of the vehicles raced out from the gas pumps and wrecked into parked vehicles in the parking lot. One deceased male was subsequently discovered in the vehicle.

The suspects got out of the second vehicles when an off duty officer, who had just finished his shift working for business, walked out to investigate the incident. A number of suspects got back into the second vehicle and tried to flee the scene through the front drive of the business. The officer follows the suspect’s vehicle in his personal vehicle. They stopped before entering the street. As the officer reengages with the suspects, he noticed that one of the suspects was armed. The officer gave specific directions to the suspect regarding the firearm. The suspect then took an action that made the officer believe he was in imminent danger. The officer then discharged his weapon.

The suspect was able to drive off the parking lot and collided with other vehicles in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant. A firearm was recovered.

Two males are deceased at the location. Identities will not be released until next of kin notification has been made.

Missing Man Found Dead

On August 19, 2014, at approximately 7:45am, Complainant Manuel Lupe Rios L/M 09-11-93 was found in the 6500 block of Julius Schepps Freeway underneath the bridge just north of Overton Road deceased. Complainant died as a result of a stab wound to the left side of his chest.

Homicide detectives learned that there was a missing person report made on Mr. Rios out of Kaufman, Texas originating on August 17th. Through witness statements detectives established a lead regarding the suspect, Christian Andres Ojeda L/M 1-19-92.

For further detail of this investigation, see the Probable Cause Affidavit below.

Officer Involved Shooting at Lake June Road and Prairie Creek Road

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, at about 7:21 p.m., a female victim called the police to report that suspect, Steven Douglas, b/m/2-20-1985, had pointed a gun at her and threatened to shoot her.  Dallas officers responded to the location and completed a report for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on Case #203331-2014. The complainant left the location and stayed with a relative.

Today, August 25, 2014, at about 7:20 a.m., the victim took her three children back to her apartment, which is located in the 3100 block of Easter Avenue, to get some items for the children.  The victim said that suspect Douglas’ Green Ford Ranger truck was outside the apartment.  She then made a phone call to 911 asking for the police at 7:23 a.m.  The victim told dispatchers that suspect Douglas had stolen her house keys and that he was at her apartment.

Suspect Douglas came outside and spotted the victim and began chasing her and the children in his vehicle.  The victim again contacted 911 at around 7:26 am and stayed on the phone with the police dispatcher.  The victim told the dispatcher that she was heading for a police station.  The victim also stated she had flattened her tire and repeated that suspect Douglas had a gun.  The victim repeated several more times that suspect Douglas had a gun and was ramming her car.  Suspect Douglas rammed the victim’s car and broke out the driver’s window at Seevers and Illinois Avenue.  He removed two children from the car at gun point, a female child 9 and male child 1 year old, placed them in his truck and drove off.

An active search for suspect Douglas and his children was conducted by patrol officers and Fusion Unit.  Possible locations known to suspect Douglas were checked and his phone was pinged.  Information led officers to an apartment complex on Pratt Street near Wynnewood Village where covert officers observed the suspect’s unoccupied pick-up.  Officers soon observed suspect Douglas drive away in the truck and they attempted a high risk traffic stop.  Suspect Douglas did not stop and a pursuit began.

The pursuit terminated in the intersection of Prairie Creek and Lake June Road when suspect Douglas collided with another vehicle (mother and toddler, uninjured).  The driver of the other vehicle reported suspect Douglas reached into his car for an object which he carried in his hand as he ran away.  Suspect Douglas ran toward an automotive repair business on the southeast corner of the intersection.  Employees at that business observed suspect Douglas was fleeing from officers and that he was armed.  Suspect Douglas began to stumble as he passed a car parked at a service island.  His momentum carried him into the middle service bay.  As he was stumbling, he pointed a small caliber pistol directly at officer Moreno.  Officer Moreno discharged his weapon, resulting in suspect Douglas’ death.

A small caliber pistol was recovered at the scene.  Witnesses reported suspect Douglas pointed his pistol at Officer Moreno.  There are several fact witnesses to the shooting.  In depth interviews with all are on-going.  Two witnesses reported suspect Douglas was shot in the back.  Those witnesses have been interviewed and told detectives they did not witness the shooting and their version was hearsay.  At this stage of the investigation, no fact witnesses to the shooting have suggested that suspect Douglas was shot in the back.  The Police Department is requesting that anyone with information on the shooting contact detectives with the Special Investigations Unit.  Detectives are reviewing dashcam video and canvassing nearby businesses for possible video.  Officer Moreno is on Administrative Leave.

Metroplex Robber Caught!

On August 8, 2014, after several months of investigation, the Dallas Police Department’s Violent Crime Task Force Detective Nordyke and FBI Agent Boyst acquired and executed an Aggravated Robbery warrant for Savalas Christopher Love, B/M/4-16-85. This information was given to the Metro Unit who arrested Mr. Love on August 9th, 2014.

 Mr. Love is part of the Bulls Cap Bandits who were responsible for several offenses at Auto Zone stores in Dallas, Garland, and Mesquite. This same group was responsible for an Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant offense where they used AR 15 rifles to shoot at Dallas Officers while trying to escape the scene of an Aggravated Robbery offense. Mr. Love was questioned and then placed in jail.

Arrestee Love has an extensive history of violence, theft, and drug use. The suspect was given a $1,000,000 bond and remains in jail at this time. This case is documented on 146508-2014.

 Great work was done by all officers!

The Badge and The Glove

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Picture taken August 16, 2014 in Carson, California Top Picture: Mario Lopez, Deputy Chief Jesse Reyes, Oscar De La Hoya Bottom Picture: Deputy Chief Reyes judging Omar Figueroa versus Daniel Estrada

Deputy Chief Jesse Reyes is a 30-year Dallas Police Veteran and he makes sure to fit time in for his other roles in life such as husband, father and boxing judge and referee. 

Reyes has always been able to roll with the punches. His father was an amateur boxer, so boxing sparked his interest at a very young age. 

“My dad had me in the ring practically when I was in diapers,” he recalls.

After joining the police department, word spread that Reyes had a knack for boxing, and that’s when former Deputy Chief Ray Hawkins, #2400, approached him about helping with a Golden Gloves amateur boxing event. While apprehensive at first, Reyes decided to do it. He judged a few amateur fights at that event and went on to obtain his state boxing judge license. It’s been 15 years and counting, and he has yet to throw in the towel.

As time passed and Reyes got more experience under his belt, Chief Hawkins introduced him to the state boxing commissioner and encouraged Reyes to become a professional boxing judge.  He accepted the old one-two punch and completed the necessary training, making him not only a certified judge, but also a certified referee. 

Reyes judges more rounds than he referees, but he’ll never forget the most notorious bout he refereed: The 2007 match up in El Paso between Evander Holyfield and Lou Savarese. 

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It was quite an honor to be the third man in the ring for that fight,” he remembers. 

Reyes averages about a dozen fights a year, has been afforded traveling opportunities from California to Cancun, and has appeared on major networks such as HBO, Showtime and ESPN. He’s even judged a fight in Thailand! 

“I’m very fortunate that most of the events are on the weekends and I don’t have to take too much time off from work to do this,” said Reyes, as he talks about balancing his role in the professional boxing world and with the Dallas Police Department. 

Reyes is a huge fan of the Dallas Police Athletic League (PAL) and has been to several of the boxing events.

“I’ve always enjoyed the sport, always liked being around it,” said Reyes.

Officer Involved Shooting 4800 Veterans Drive & 52nd Street

 

On August 21, 2014 at about 6:40PM , the victim a B/F 33, was driving North bound in the 4800 block of  Veterans Drive. The victim came to a stop at veterans Drive and 52nd Street.

The suspect, who has been identified as Ladarius Campbell B/M 11-21-93, and another B/M drove up alongside the vehicle that the victim was driving, while the vehicles were stopped there was a verbal altercation between Mr. Campbell and the victim.

Mr. Campbell exited his vehicle, produced a handgun, and shot the victim in the face.

At the same time, an off-duty officer, in plain clothes and driving his personal vehicle with his family, observed Suspect Campbell shoot the victim.

The Officer, who is being identified as Ruben Martinez #10443, stepped out of his vehicle and opened fire on the suspect to stop the suspect from continuing his violent assault on the victim.

Suspect Campbell was struck by the officer’s gunfire.

 The victim as well as the suspect were transported to area hospitals by Dallas Fire Rescue. Both are expected to survive their injuries.

 Ladarius Campbell is charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon a  F/1, and may face additional charges. The investigation is ongoing.

Critical Missing Edward Saxon

Update: Mr. Saxon has been found.

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Mr. Edward Saxon. Mr. Saxon is a 75 year-old black male, last seen around 11:30 a.m., Thursday, August 21, 2014, leaving his residence on foot, near 5300 Blaney Way. Mr. Saxon was last seen wearing a brown straw hat, a black polo shirt, gray pants, and black dress shoes. He has black hair, brown eyes and is 6’0, 180 pounds. Mr. Saxon is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and may appear confused if approached.

If you know the whereabouts of Mr. Edward Saxon, please contact 9-1-1 or the Dallas Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (214) 671-4268.

This incident is documented on case number 201497-2014 as a Critical Missing Person.

 

 

Officer Involved Shooting 7900 LBJ Freeway

Update:  The involved officers are, Police Officer Jay Jankowski #9973, and Police Officer Michelle Herczeg #9592. Officer Jankowski has been on the department for 4 years 11 months. Officer Michelle Herczeg #9592 has been a member of the department for 5 years 11 months. Both officers are assigned to the North Central Division Crime Response Team.

 

Update: The suspect has been identified as Terrence M. Groessel w/m/8-21-1964. Next of kin notification was made.

 

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On August 20, just before midnight, a two man uniformed unit was patrolling the 7900 block of LBJ Fry which has been identified as a Targeted Area Action Grid (Maham/Spring Valley TAAG). The officers were in the rear parking lot of the Grand Hotel when they observed a parked truck with the engine running. The officers believed it may have been stolen and approached the truck. When they got to the cab of the truck, the officers saw that a male occupant was inside. The male then displayed a handgun. Both officers discharged their weapons. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. It is unclear whether the suspect’s death was caused by the officers or himself. The officers did not sustain any injuries. The weapon was recovered. This incident was captured on an in car camera which the detectives are reviewing at this time. Detectives are also reviewing other video which may have captured this incident. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Captured: Suspect Sought in Injury to a Child Investigation

Update: Lajardin Miller was taken into custody this evening.

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On Sunday, August 17, 2014 at about 6:15, Complainant, a 9 year old BM along with a 10 year old witness, were taking out the trash at the Regal Crossing Apartments at 7575 Chaucer Place.  Witnesses report that Suspect Lajardin Miller, BM 27 12/28/1986, fired a handgun at two other males in the parking lot and struck the 9 year old.  Detectives and officers were advised by witnesses that the shooting occurred as a result of a disturbance that had occurred on Saturday evening between  Mr. Miller’s girlfriend and one of the men who we believe Mr. Miller was firing at. The disturbance from Saturday is being investigated.  The complainant appears to have been an innocent bystander and was not involved in the previous incident. The complaint was transported to Children’s Hospital by Dallas Fire Rescue in serious condition.

 We are asking for help in locating Mr. Miller who is wanted on an Injury to a Child F/1 warrant. If you have any informtaion regading the whereabouts of Lajardin Miller, please contact Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477).