Officer Involved Shooting at 8200 Willoughby Blvd.

Updated on March 29, 2016 at 9:15 a.m.:

The officer involved in Saturday night’s officer-involved shooting is:

INVOLVED OFFICER                                      TENURE                                  DUTY STATION      
Sgt. Steven Cardenas  #9005 (L/M)                  9 years 3 months                  South Central Patrol

Updated on March 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.: 

The subject involved and arrested in the officer-involved shooting incident on Willoughby Blvd., has been identified as Bryan Gilstrap, a 36 year old Black male. He has been charged with Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. 

We will release additional details as they become available and appropriate to do so. 

Original Post:

On Saturday, March 26, 2016, at approximately 9:45 p.m., Dallas police officers responded to a disturbance call in the 8200 block of Willoughby Boulevard. The subject, a black male 36yrs old, who was involved in the disturbance was standing outside in the common area of the apartment complex with a shotgun.  According to civilian witnesses, when the first officer arrived, a witness alerted him to the subject’s location and told the officer that the subject was armed.   Upon seeing the officer, the subject turned toward the officer and pointed the shotgun at him.  The officer then fired at the subject but did not strike him.  The subject was then taken into custody and will be charged with Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant.  There were no injuries and the investigation is on-going.  The involved officer is currently on administrative leave per policy.  We will release additional details as they become available and appropriate to do so.

Officer Involved Shooting on Wilbur Street

Update: November 21, 2015

As part of the on-going investigation into the officer-involved shooting that occurred in the 2700 block of Wilbur St. on November 19, 2015, Dallas police have arrested Victor Solorzano L/M 1-8-1985 for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. 

Additionally, Dallas police Special Investigations Unit detectives have charged both Victor Solorzano and Edgar Solorzano with two counts of Aggravated Assault, one for each of the officers that were fired upon.

Both have been placed in the Dallas County Jail.  This investigation remains active and open and we will release additional details as they become available and appropriate for release. 

Update: Press Conference – November 20, 2015

On November 19, 2015, members of a multi-jurisdictional task force were involved in an operation in the 2700 block of Wilbur Street in Dallas, Texas. The members were working in a covert capacity in plain clothes driving unmarked vehicles. Based on the investigation thus far, we know one of the task force officers, who happens to work for the Arlington Police Department, was approached by Edgar Solorzano who was armed with an assault rifle. After a very brief exchange, Edgar Solorzano began shooting at the undercover officer who ran.  Edgar followed the fleeing officer firing at him as he jumped into one of the covert vehicles and drove away to seek medical attention.

Today, Dallas police detectives arrested Edgar Solorzano L/M 06/24/1992 for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. He will be placed in the Dallas County Jail.

This remains an active investigation and we want to express our thanks to the public, especially those in the neighborhood around Wilbur Street who were disrupted due to street closures while we investigated this incident.

Original Post:

On November 19, 2015, at about 6:15 am officers responded to calls for police in the 2700 block of Wilbur Street. Officers from a multi-jurisdictional task force were working an operation at the location and came under fire by an unidentified subject. During this altercation, an officer from the Arlington Police Department was struck by the gunfire. The officer was removed from the scene for the purpose of obtaining medical attention. The officer was transported to Methodist Hospital where he is in stable condition and is expected to recover.   The Dallas Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit will be handling the investigation. This remains an ongoing, dynamic incident that limits the release of more detailed information until further investigation is completed, but we will be disseminating more information as it becomes available.

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Officer Involved Shooting at the Mall

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Update: November 20, 2015

As a direct result of tips from the community, Dallas police Special Investigative Unit detectives have identified and Southwest Patrol Deployment detectives have arrested Carystal Jones B/F 2-14-1991  and Sekeitha Brooks 4-29-1989 for the offense of Aggravated Robbery F/1.  Carystal was identified as the driver of the vehicle that struck the security guard as they were fleeing with property the pair stole from the Dillard’s department store at Northpark Mall.  They have been placed in the Dallas County Jail.

The Dallas Police Department would like to thank all who called with tips that led to the identification of these individuals.

Update: November 17, 2015

INVOLVED OFFICER:                                      TENURE:                            DUTY STATION:

P.O. Kevin Hayden #9810 B/M                           4 years 2 months                 South Central Patrol         

 SUBJECTS:  

 3 Unknown Black Females

Attached are still photos of the two black female shoplifting suspects.  If anyone has information as to the identity of these suspects they are asked to call Dallas Police at 214-671-3584.

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Suspect2PhotoOn November 15, 2015, at approximately 1:10 PM, the Northpark Mall’s loss-prevention office notified Dallas police officers that shoplifting suspects were fleeing the mall to an attached parking garage. 

As the suspects attempted to drive out of the parking garage, they were confronted by a mall security officer, who attempted to block them by standing in the path of their vehicle.  The suspects continued to drive forward and the security officer, to avoid being run over, jumped onto the hood of the vehicle.  Based on witness accounts, a uniformed off-duty Dallas police officer working at the mall who responded to attempt to arrest the suspects, fired his duty weapon at the suspect vehicle.  The suspects fled the location in a silver Ford Taurus. There are no reported injuries at this time. The suspects are described as 3 Black females between ages 20-30 years old.  Detectives are currently investigating and working to identify and secure any video related to the incident. 

The involved officer has been placed on routine administrative leave per policy. We will provide additional information as it becomes available and appropriate for release.

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Dallas Police Department Reveals Updated Officer Involved Shooting Website

Have you seen the Dallas Police Department’s updated Officer Involved Shooting website? Data compiled on officer-involved shooting incidents is available from 2003 on, and is now displayed and available in the Socrata open data portal.

Image courtesy of White House Open Data Initiative

Police Departments participating in the White House Police Data Initiative:

The Dallas Police Department stands as a national leader in the presentation of data related to transparency on officer-involved shooting incidents. We are proud to have been one of the first agencies invited to participate in the White House Police Data Initiative. All 21 participating police departments have committed to release a combined total of 101 data sets that have not been released to the public. The types of data include uses of force, police pedestrian and vehicle stops, officer involved shootings and more, helping the communities gain visibility into key information on police/citizen encounters.

Users are now able to explore, download and arrange the data in more ways with the updated Socrata open data format. There will also be increased functionality allowing for updates to the site to be made as near real-time as investigative discretion allows. Cities across the nation are pushing out increasing data via open data portals and the Dallas Police Department leads the way as an example to other police departments.

Officer Involved Shooting – 4200 Wiley College Drive

Update 10/1/2015 at 6:53 pm: 

Update to the officer-involved shooting at 4207 Wiley College Drive on September 30, 2015:

INVOLVED OFFICER:                                                           TENURE:                                      DUTY STATION

Police Officer Alexander Zabriskie #10565       W/M           2 years 4 months                           South Central Patrol

SUBJECT:

Coleman, Sabastian B/M 7-30-1994

SYNOPSIS OF SHOOTING BASED ON THE WITNESS ACCOUNT: 

On September 30, 2015, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Officers responded to a call regarding the subject who was armed with a handgun and threatening suicide.  Officers arrived and made contact with the subject, who was not cooperative.  Officers tried to talk the subject into coming out of his house for approximately 30 minutes.  The subject exited the house and went back inside more than once.  Finally, the subject exited the house and pointed a gun at the officers.  Officer Zabriskie fired one round at the subject and missed.  The subject surrendered and was not injured.  No officers were injured.  The subject’s handgun was recovered. The officer has been placed on routine administrative leave per departmental policy.  This investigation is on-going.

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On September 30, 2015, at approximately 3:28 pm, officers responded to a call in the 4200 block of Wiley College Drive regarding an armed individual that was threatening to harm himself. Upon arrival, officers began negotiating with the suspect who was walking in and out of the residence with a gun.  Officers negotiated with the suspect for about 45 minutes.  At some point an officer discharged their weapon, but did not strike the suspect. The suspect walked back inside the residence and put the weapon down. The suspect walked outside and was taken into custody without incident. No officers were injured. This is still an active scene and the investigation is ongoing and will be documented on case number 226926-2015.

Officer Involved Shooting: 10806 Stone Canyon Road

Updated September 23, 2015:

The deceased subject is:  Gerardo Ramirez L/M/ 5-25-1991

INVOLVED OFFICERS:                                           TENURE:                             DUTY STATION:

Police Officer Christopher Hill, #10781         W/M            1 year 6 months                    North Central Patrol

Police Officer Theron Akin, #10640              W/M            2 years                                  North Central Patrol

The officers have been placed on routine administrative leave per departmental policy.  This investigation is on-going.

Update: September 21, 2015 11:30 a.m. Press Conference Regarding Officer Involved Shooting

At 11:43 p.m., on September 20, 2015, two patrol officers responded to a major disturbance involving a motor vehicle accident in the Avondale Park Apartments.  This incident did not involve Mr. Ramirez, but he told his girlfriend that he did not want to live and wanted to shoot at the officers.

As officers were handling the original call on the other side of the complex, Mr. Ramirez stood in the parking lot and fired a handgun into the air several times which caused the officers to respond to his location.   Numerous residents called 911 to report Mr. Ramirez shooting his gun in the parking lot.

As the two officers approached, Mr. Ramirez moved from between parked vehicles and opened fire at the officers.  Officers returned fire and Mr. Ramirez ran southbound through the parking lot between the officers and moved between parked vehicles.

As officers approached, they spotted Mr. Ramirez and ordered him to drop his weapon.  Mr. Ramirez fired again at the officers.  The officers took cover and returned fire, striking Mr. Ramirez.

A semi-automatic handgun was found next to Mr. Ramirez.  Other officers arrived and one officer can be seen kicking the gun away from Mr. Ramirez.

Officers rendered aid to Mr. Ramirez until Dallas Fire and Rescue arrived.  He was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  His next of kin has been notified.

A box of ammunition was also found in the parking lot and witnesses reported seeing Mr. Ramirez fire the weapon and reload it.

Family members and the suspect’s girlfriend reported that last night, Mr. Ramirez began acting strangely and had been using drugs.     Officers had been dispatched to Mr. Ramirez residence regarding his behavior on August 13 when he threatened to harm himself.  Video taken from a witness of the incident has been shown to the media.      

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On Sunday, September 20, 2015, at 11:43 p.m., Dallas police officers responded to a disturbance involving a motor vehicle accident at the 10600 block of Stone Canyon Road, the Avondale Apartments.

 At 12:04 a.m., an unrelated call came in regarding shots fired in the parking lot on the other side of the apartment complex at 10806 Stone Canyon Road. The officers responded to the shots fired and as they were en route the call was upgraded to a Disturbance Armed Encounter on Foot. Officers observed a Latin male subject with a handgun and at some point after, officers discharged their weapons striking the subject. Dallas Fire Rescue transported the subject to a Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. There were no officers injured. Officers recovered a handgun at the scene.

Officer Involved Shooting on N. Bishop Avenue

Update: July 9, 2015 at 1:29 PM:

The following Dallas Police Officers discharged their weapons in the July 7, 2015, shooting at 1100 North Bishop Avenue.  All have been placed on routine Administrative Leave per Departmental policy. 

Detective Robert Cummings, Sex Offender Apprehension Program: W/M 29 years, 10 months service

Senior Corporal Lonnie Howard, Metro: W/M 16 years, 4 months service

Senior Corporal Stephen Prince, Metro: W/M 8 years, 2 months service

Police Officer Matthew Hooker, Metro: NA (Native-American)/M 8 years, 6 months service

Update: July 7, 2015 at 9:07 PM

The suspect involved in the Officer Involved Shooting from earlier today is Joe Cody W/M/10-7-55. There are no further updates at this time.

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On Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Dallas Police Crime Stoppers received a tip regarding the whereabouts of a wanted known sex offender, described as a White male, 59 years of age.

Members of the department’s Sex Offender Apprehension Team (SOAP) along with uniformed officers of the METRO Unit responded to the tip, in an attempt to locate the suspect.

Members of the SOAP Team located the alleged suspect walking in the 1200 block of North Bishop Avenue. Uniformed officers of the METRO Unit responded to the location to make contact with the suspect.

At approximately 1:27 p.m., as officers were approaching the suspect, he produced and displayed a handgun. The officers gave him verbal commands to drop the gun. The suspect did not comply, forcing the officers to discharge their weapons. Preliminary witness statements support this account. A handgun was located at the scene.

The suspect was struck and was deceased at the scene. None of the officers were injured.

At this time, a total of four officers (3 METRO, 1 SOAP) are believed to have discharged their weapons. The case will be investigated by the Department’s Special Investigations Unit.

The next of kin has not been made.

Officer Involved Shooting at 3300 Irving Boulevard

UPDATE June 29, 2015 @ 4:30 PM: 

The officer involved in the shooting incident at 3306 Irving Boulevard on June 26, 2015, is identified as Police Officer Leonard Anderson.  Officer Anderson is a B/M and he is currently assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division.  He has 7 years, 4 months service.

Fernando Garcia L/M/4-30-1993 and Jorge Enriquez L/M/12-3-1992 were arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery for their actions during the incident.  Garcia entered the store with a handgun and Enriquez waited in a nearby vehicle.  Garcia is being held on a $100,000 bond and Enriquez on $25,000.

jack-evansOn June 26, 2015, a Dallas Police Officer was working off-duty in full uniform at the title loan location at 3306 Irving Boulevard.  At approximately 5:40 p.m., a Hispanic male suspect entered the store brandishing a handgun.  Witnesses report the suspect then pointed the handgun at the officer.  The officer drew his firearm and discharged it at the suspect multiple times.  The suspect then fled the location in an awaiting vehicle with an accomplice.  Responding officers were able to locate the suspects in a nearby neighborhood and affected their arrest without further incident.  Two handguns were recovered.  One suspect was treated and released by Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedics for an injury of an undetermined origin.

Both suspects have been transported to Police Headquarters for questioning.  The involved officer nor the witnesses were injured.  The Special Investigations Unit is conducting the investigation.

Officer Involved Shooting at 2600 W. Colorado Blvd.

UPDATE June 16, 2015: The officer involved in the shooting incident at 2600 W. Colorado Blvd. on June 12, 2015, is identified as Senior Corporal Jose Bernal.  Senior Corporal Bernal is currently assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division.  He has 8 years, 5 months service.  The juvenile involved in the incident has been charged with Evading Arrest.

On Thursday, June 11, 2015, at approximately 10:47 p.m., Dallas police officers were dispatched to a call regarding a robbery in the 2700 block of Avon Street. The comments on the call stated there were three suspects, armed with shotguns. Officers were given a description of a white Ford Expedition as the suspect vehicle.

At 11:38 p.m., officers were dispatched to a call regarding a prowler in the 2600 block of Creative Place. The comments on the call stated that there were three males in that apartment complex, looking over patios. 

Plain clothed officers were in the area and observed a white Ford Expedition leave the 2600 block of Creative Place and travel toward Ft. Worth Avenue.

At approximately 12 midnight, a marked Dallas police squad car got behind the suspect vehicle and a short vehicle pursuit ensued. The suspect drove to 2600 W. Colorado Boulevard.

The suspects exited the white Ford Expedition and fled on foot. A foot pursuit ensued, at which time one officer discharged his weapon.

 

Officer Involved Shooting at 7400 Bonnie View Road

Update:

The officer involved in the shooting at 7400 Bonnie View Road is Officer Aaron Tolerton, 9711. He is assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division.  He hired onto the Dallas Police Department January 7, 2009. Officer Tolerton has been placed on Administrative Leave per Departmental policy.

 

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Original: Feb 9, 2015 @ 17:16

On February 9, 2015, at approximately 1:30pm, a uniformed officer was working an off duty job at the Flying  J truck stop, located at 7400 Bonnie View Road. The officer was alerted by individuals that there was gunfire coming from the corner of Riverside and Bonnie View Road. The officer went to investigate the gunfire, when he observed an individual running in his direction, which was southbound on Bonnie View Road.

While the officer had the individual detained, a second person driving a Dodge pick-up truck jumped the curb driving toward the officer at a high rated speed. The officer perceived the speed and direction of travel of the vehicle as a threat to himself and his detainee so he discharged his weapon, striking the driver.  The driver was transported to Baylor Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.  We have witnesses that have stated that the driver was armed and had fired his weapon. This is an ongoing investigation.  We have not determined why the operator of the vehicle was firing shots prior to his encounter with the officer, nor why he was driving in the manner that he was.

We will update you as information becomes available. There was one individual taken into custody that may be related to this incident.