The Dallas Police Department’s Special Investigative Unit conducts a criminal investigation into all officer involved shootings such as the one involving Mr. Jason Harrison. The case is then submitted to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office for presentation to a Grand Jury. Subsequently, the Department’s Internal Affairs Division conducts an administrative investigation of the shooting. Both investigations are still ongoing.
A video recording of the incident is consistent with the officers’ account of the event. Taking into account the tactical position of the officers in a confined space, and the approach Mr. Harrison took toward the officer directly in front of him while armed with a screwdriver, the autopsy accurately describes the wounds that would have resulted when the two officers were forced to discharge their weapons. The video recording becomes a part of the case that is submitted to the District Attorney for presentation to the Grand Jury.
UPDATE: June 30, 2014 @20:17 Police Release Officers Names on Officer-Involved Shooting
Police Officer John Rogers, #9609 is a 5 year 9 month veteran of the Department. Police Officer Andrew Hutchins, #9486, has been on the Department for 6 years and 1 month. Both officers are currently assigned to the South Central Patrol Division.
UPDATE: June 14, 2014 @19:40 Police Release Additional Details on Officer-Involved Shooting
On June 14, 2014, at approximately 11:25 a.m., Police Officers responded to a crisis intervention call at 208 Glencairn Drive, regarding Suspect Jason Harrison B/M/38. A Witness at the residence called 911 and said that Harrison was bipolar, schizophrenic, possibly off his medication, arguing and that he needed to go to Parkland.
Officers arrived in their marked patrol cars and approached the front door of the residence. The officers knocked on the front door of the residence and a witness opened the door and stepped out onto the small raised porch area. This witness told Officers that Harrison was making disturbing remarks. Harrison followed the Witness out of the front door and had a screwdriver in his right hand.
Both Officers gave verbal commands to drop the screwdriver. Harrison did not comply with the officers’ orders to drop the weapon and instead, made an aggressive act towards one of the officers with the screwdriver. Both officers drew their weapons and fired at Harrison striking him. Dallas Fire Rescue #40 pronounced him deceased at the scene and he was transported to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office.
There were no officers injured during this incident. Body-cam video is being reviewed. We will continue to provide details when appropriate, the incident remains under investigation.