The Arlington Police Department is doubling down on its recent push for legislation regulating imitation firearms following an officer-involved shooting at the Parks Mall.
The Star-Telegram reported that the mall was evacuated.
Holiday shoppers took cover inside a mall in north Texas when police opened fire on a shoplifter who appeared to have been armed with a handgun. Download the KIII-TV 3News app now.
In a Monday afternoon press conference, Cook said authorities have learned Dodd is a known criminal offender and a convicted felon. He did note that Dodd had been charged with filing a false police report in September after reporting to police he had been shot in a drive-by shooting. In the brief call with a 911 operator, Dodd said he was a suspect in an evading arrest call.
He pulled out what police said was later found to be an fake gun, pointing it at the police officer on the first floor. When the officer got there, the suspect took off running, and the officer followed. "Just made sure there were no kids close to the kiosk." he said.
The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police say they're reviewing surveillance video.Читайте также: Opinion Split on Merkel Remaining Chancellor in Case of New Election
Two officers gave pursuit through the crowded mall after identifying the suspect, who had allegedly stolen two pairs of sunglasses. He warned the dispatcher that he had a gun and would shoot at police if they tried to pursue him.
Cook said the department has seen imitation weapons circulating for quite some time and "serious conversations as a society need to be had as to why the imitations look so real, including talks directly with manufacturers". Arlington PD later clarified the officer was on-duty as part of its South Retail District Unit.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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