On December 16, 2021, at about 8:54 p.m., Dallas officers responded to a call in the 4200 block of Rawlins Street regarding a female trespassing in a vacant apartment. When officers arrived, management subsequently gave officers consent to break down the door in an effort to gain entry. When Officer Dekoven Joshlin, #11528, kicked in the door, he drew his weapon, activated his weapon mounted flashlight, and is believed to have accidentally fired one round. A female subject was standing at the top of the stairs and was not struck. She was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass.
This shooting investigation is being conducted by the Dallas Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit. The department’s Internal Affairs Division will be conducting an administrative investigation. In addition, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Community Police Oversight will perform their own independent review of the incident. In an effort to be transparent, the Dallas Police Department is releasing the body-worn camera footage of the incident.