MESQUITE, Texas – An officer was injured, a teenager was killed and a third person was also hurt on Sunday night as police pursued robbery suspects, officials said.
According to police, officers began chasing a vehicle whose occupants were suspected of robbing a pizzeria. The pursuit moved from Mesquite into the Pleasant Grove area of Dallas.
The alleged robbers fled on foot and a scuffle ensued during which officers shot two of the suspects and one officer broke his leg.
“I heard about 20 gunshots and I opened the door and I saw the police men — all the police cars — and I saw a guy laying down over there. Looks like he had been shot,” said resident Betty Edmun.
Officials said police confronted one of the suspects, 19-year-old Dontrell Terrellas, as he stood on a porch of a private home. He had a gun to his head while he spoke to his mother on a cell phone.
More than two dozen officers took cover with their weapons trained on Terrellas.
“As the officers stood in their positions the suspect continued to talk on the phone and move the pistol from the side of his head to under his chin,” a Dallas Police Department statement said. “As he moved the gun from under his chin in a downward motion while moving it back to the side of his head the officers felt in fear for their lives and shot (the suspect) multiple times.”
Terrellas died from his injuries. The condition of the second person shot was not known. A third suspect was jailed.
Thirteen Dallas officers were placed on leave while the shooting is investigated.