See the below video regarding the press conference:
UPDATE: The name of the arrestee in the officer involved shooting is Jonathan Puckett W/M/5-16-81. He is being charged with Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant and with a Parole Violation out of Kentucky.
Officer Larry Moody, #9291 is name of the officer who was involved in the shooting. He is a 7 year veteran and assigned to the South Central Patrol Division.
On December 16, 2014, at approximately 12:05 am, a Dallas Police Officer was working an off duty job in full uniform at the Walmart located at 6185 Retail Road. A Walmart loss prevention officer notified the Off Duty Dallas Police Officer that a shoplifting suspect was attempting to leave with stolen property. They confronted the suspect at the front entrance of the store and asked him to return to the loss prevention office.
As they made their way back into the store, the suspect attempted to flee. A struggle ensued between the officer and the suspect. The suspect produced a knife and cut the officer’s hand. The officer produced his duty weapon and gave loud verbal commands for the suspect to drop his weapon, which he failed to do. The officer shot the suspect, striking him in the leg.
The officer was transported to Baylor hospital in stable condition. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to Presbyterian hospital where he is being treated for his injury.
Update to officer involved shooting of Steven Douglas, B/M/02-20-85
During an interview with the complainant who reported she was being followed by Steven Douglas, she alleged to Domestic Violence detectives that a police officer was at the location where the children in her car had been taken and he had driven off without taking any action.
The department conducted a review of officers’ locations during the time in question and determined that Officer Les Richardson #5460, a 28 year veteran of the department assigned to the South Central Division had been at the location. This has been confirmed by dash cam video.
An Internal Affairs investigation into the allegation has been initiated. Officer Richardson has been placed on administrative leave.
August 25, 2014 @ 17:04
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.
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.
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.
The following is an update from the Officer Involved Shooting that occurred this morning (August 11, 2014) in the 3600 of Espanola Drive.
The involved officer is Senior Corporal Kevin Gladden. Senior Corporal Gladden has been on the Department for 8 years and is currently assigned to the Northwest Patrol Division. He has been placed on Administrative Leave per departmental policy.
The deceased has been identified as Jose Manuel Gonzalez L/M/7-1-1996. Neighbors called for police after Gonzalez’ mother and grandmother escaped from their home after being assaulted by Gonzalez. Gonzalez then assaulted his father and then retreated to the kitchen where he grabbed knives. He returned moments later threatening to stab his father. However, Gonzalez’ father was able to make his way outside.
Officer Gladden was the first to arrive at the scene and made contact with Gonzalez’ father. Officer Gladden redirected his attention to Gonzalez as he exited the home. Gonzalez approached the officer with both hands behind his back. Witnesses at the scene informed the officer that Gonzalez was holding two knives behind his back. Officer Gladden gave loud verbal commands instructing Gonzalez to show his hand and drop the knives. However, Gonzalez began walking towards Officer Gladden refusing to follow instructions. Officer Gladden retreated, continuing to give loud verbal commands. He retreated a distance of 3 to 4 houses before Gonzalez removed one of his hands from behind his back , displaying one of the knives. It was at this point where Officer Gladden shot Gonzalez.
Other responding Officers arrived shortly after the shot was fired to assist Officer Gladden. As they attempted to take Gonzalez into custody, a struggle ensued. Officers were forced to taze Gonzalez in order to bring him under control and remove the knives from his possession.
There were two kitchen type knives located at the scene where the shooting took place. Gonzalez was shot one time. The exact cause of death cannot be confirmed until an autopsy has been completed.
Several witnesses have been interviewed and the investigation is ongoing. Investigators are looking to conduct further interviews and also determine whether audio or video was captured.
Officers responded to a cutting call at 10:29 am at 3600 Espanola Drive. When the first responding officer arrived at the location, the suspect, a L/M 18 yrs old met the officer in the front yard holding 2 knives. He approached the officer who then retreated down the block approximately 3 houses while he gave verbal commands to drop the knives. The suspect refused to drop the knives and the officer shot the suspect.
Responding cover officers subsequently tazed the suspect because he remained combative. The suspect involved is deceased. No officers were injured. Three family members were injured in the original cutting call and transported to local hospitals with non life threatening injuries. Two knives were recovered at the location.
At this time the Family Violence investigation is on going. Per department policy, the officer involved will be placed on administrative leave. The case number for this incident is 192550-2014.
Video from the Press Conference Regarding the Officer Involved Shooting
The following is an update from the Officer Involved Shooting that occurred on August 10th at 400 South Rosemont Avenue.
The involved officer is Senior Corporal Antonio Hudson. Senior Corporal Hudson has been on the Department for 7 years and is currently assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division. He has been placed on Administrative Leave per departmental policy.
The deceased is identified as Andrew Scott Gaynier w/m/7-1-1988. No weapon was found at the scene and there is no indication Gaynier was armed at the time of the incident with Senior Corporal Hudson. The number of wounds he suffered and their location can’t be confirmed until the autopsy has been completed.
The shooting was captured on video and confirms that Gaynier rushed Senior Corporal Hudson after attempting to gain entrance into a van occupied by a family as it was being driven down the street. The video has been collected and is being reviewed by Special Investigative Unit detectives.
Several fact witnesses have been interviewed. Witness accounts are consistent with the video. A witness corroborates Senior Corporal Hudson issued verbal commands to Gaynier to “show his hands” prior to the shooting. No information has been developed at this point to confirm whether or not Gaynier said anything to Senior Corporal Hudson prior to the shooting.
Chief David Brown was briefed by SIU detectives this morning. He has directed that a thorough investigation of the incident be conducted consistent with departmental policy.
On August 10, 2014, at approximately 6pm, a 911 call came out in the 100 block of N. Windomere regarding a White male wearing a green shirt, khaki shorts, and a red backpack walking up and down the street making lewd comments to females. A Dallas officer, working off-duty on Extended Neighborhood Patrol, responded to the location where he saw an individual fitting the description of the suspect. The officer followed the suspect while waiting on cover.
The officer then observed the suspect stop a vehicle with a family riding inside and attempt to enter into the vehicle. The officer made contact with the suspect out of concern for the safety of the family. The officer gave loud verbal commands, but the suspect refused to comply. The suspect moved toward the officer in a manner perceived to be dangerous to the officer. The officer shot the suspect.
Officers used a medical kit to render first aid to the suspect until Dallas Fire and Rescue arrived. The suspect was transported to Methodist Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. This investigation is ongoing. The officer was not injured.
UPDATE: July 30, 2014 @ 16:40 Police Release Statement in Response to Questions on the Officer Involved Shooting of Jason Harrison
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.
A suspect has been taken into custody and will be questioned by detectives. Details will be forthcoming.
Update:July 14, 2014
$15,000 Reward Offered for Information in Officer Involved Shooting
The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect who opened fire on Dallas Police officers during a traffic stop on July 11, 2014.
A little after midnight, Southwest patrol officers conducted a traffic stop in the 500 block of S. Llewellyn Avenue. An occupant of the car opened fire on the officers and struck the squad car multiple times. The officers returned fire and the suspects then led the officers on a short chase. The officers lost sight of the car and ended the chase. The suspects are currently at large. The officers were not injured.
Oak Farms will pay $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect(s). Crime Stoppers will also pay up to $5,000.00 for information which leads to the arrest and indictment for this or any other felony crime. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call 214-373-TIPS (8477).
UPDATE: The suspect arrested in this incident is Jacquinn McClinton B/F/36. Arrestee McClinton has been charged with Aggravated Assault (Motor Vehicle) Family Violence and Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle.
Today at 2:45 am, officers were called on a female driving erratically in the parking lot at 8124 Forest Lane. The female suspect was attempting to run over a male victim when the officer fired his weapon. The suspect was not hit and there are no injuries reported. At this time charges are pending.
At approximately 5:45 am, a witness called 911 from a convenience store located at Southwestern and Skillman. The caller informed the 911 Call Taker that a female complainant approached the witness and said that she was being held against her will. The complainant gave an address on Belmont Avenue before being made to leave by a male suspect. This information led officers to a residence in the 6000 block of Belmont Avenue.
Once the officers arrived, they observed the female complainant and the male suspect walk outside the residence onto the front porch when the suspect suddenly shot the complainant. An officer returned fire at the suspect. The suspect retreated back into the residence while the officers rescued the complainant and moved her to a safe location until DFR arrived.
Shortly thereafter, the officers heard multiple shots being fired from inside the residence. They set up a perimeter and called for SWAT.
The female complainant was transported to Baylor Hospital where she remains in critical condition.
SWAT arrived and took control of the scene. After several hours of trying to reach the suspect inside, SWAT deployed a distraction device and made entry. At about 11:20 am, SWAT discovered the suspect deceased inside the residence.
There were no officers injured during this incident. It appears thus far that only one officer discharged his weapon. However, the investigation is still in the early stages and information may change. As a common course of action, the involved officer(s) will be placed on Administrative Leave.
At around 1:20 on April 21, 2014, two officers were walking through the parking lot of the Dallas Inn in the 3300 block of Marvin D. Love Fwy Service Rd. They were conducting a foot patrol in response to complaints about open-air drug sales, loitering and recurrent prostitution. They happened upon Michael Mayo and a female sitting inside of a running vehicle.
In the aftermath of the standoff at Southwest Center Mall
As officers approached, they could smell the odor of burning marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and so they began to question Mayo and his associate. Mayo himself had warrants outstanding for his arrest for probation violations on theft and drug charges. Learning this, officers called for additional officers and the helicopter to assist. Officers described thinking that Mayo might try to flee because of the way he was acting.
The officers continued to talk with Mayo and asked him to step out of the car but he refused to do so. They continued to talk until the first additional officer arrived to help. When that officer arrived, everything quickly spiraled downhill.
According to the officers at the scene, Mayo then shoved the car into reverse and accelerated backwards suddenly. He stopped long enough to put the car into drive and his female companion jumped out of the car. Mayo sped forward and one officer described how he had to move out of the quickly to avoid being struck by the fast escaping car. Mayo was driving so reckless at that point, he sideswiped the motel itself as he was making his getaway.
Mayo then led officers on a chase through Dallas and Duncanville lasting almost 30 minutes. During portions of the pursuit, Mayo would stop his vehicle in the road way but invariably, he would flee again. Officers could see Mayo rummaging through the car and thought he might be reaching for a weapon. Seeing this they called for the SWAT team.
Chief Garza prepares to brief assembled media.
Their concerns about a weapon were realized when Mayo pulled into the parking lot of the Southwest Center Mall. There Mayo exited his car and held a gun to his own head, threatening to kill himself multiple times. SWAT officers took up positions around Mayo’s vehicle and officers pleaded with him to put the gun down and surrender peacefully. Mayo however, got back into his car as officers tried to communicate with him.
Mayo refused their attempts and instead, exited his car with the gun a second time. According to officers and witnesses, Mayo then raised the gun and pointed it in the direction of SWAT officers. Three SWAT officers fired at Mayo, striking and killing him. Officers involved in the shooting were:
Senior Corporal Gerardo Huante, #7336
Assigned to SWAT
Senior Corporal Robert Hamilton, #7546
Assigned to SWAT
Senior Corporal Marshall Milligan, #9454
Assigned to SWAT
The above involved officers have been placed on administrative leave, as is customary in these situations.