The suspect has been identified as Jimmy Cupples Jr., W/M/7-17-1966.
The officer involved is Ryan Walls, #10310, who is currently assigned to the Northwest Patrol Division. He has been a Dallas police officer for 2 years and 6 months.
During the initial statement, it was reported that a second officer was the one that deployed the taser. After further investigation, it was determined that it was Officer Walls who deployed the taser.
Suspect Cupples was interviewed at headquarters and during this interview he admitted to the robbery of the business. Suspect Cupples also stated that he was trying to force the officers to shoot him so that he could commit suicide by cop. Suspect Cupples has been charged with Robbery.
Oct 1, 2014 @ 21:15
On October 1st, at approximately 5:14pm, officers responded to a robbery call at 4807 Maple Ave. Detectives arrived on scene and were able to obtain a direction of travel and description of the suspect through video surveillance. The Officers and Detectives began to search a wooded area adjacent to the location that was robbed. While searching the area, officers heard noises in the creek and spotted a person matching the suspect description. They gave loud verbal commands ordering him to come out. After the suspect refused to come out, Officers went into the heavily wooded area to arrest him. As they approached the suspect, according to the officers, they believed that the suspect was reaching for a weapon. One officer discharged his weapon but did not strike the suspect. The officers made physical contact with the suspect and a struggle ensued. One of the officers deployed a taser and as a result they were able to gain control of the suspect and take him into custody. No officers were injured. A handgun has been recovered. There is still more work to do in this investigation. We will provide an update tomorrow.