December 25, 2013

Mansfield teen fatally wounded in shootout with Grand Prairie police

A driver who fled from Grand Prairie police was fatally wounded Wednesday afternoon in a shootout in which two officers were slightly wounded. Police later learned the driver was a 16-year-old from Mansfield.

A 16-year-old boy from Mansfield was fatally wounded Wednesday afternoon in a shootout with Grand Prairie police who had been pursuing him for about 10 hours, police reported.

Two Grand Prairie officers were wounded. They were treated at Methodist Dallas Medical Center and released, said Mark Beseda, a police spokesman.

The teenager was taken by helicopter ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas where he was pronounced dead during surgery, Beseda said.

He was identified Thursday by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office as Peyton Cole Barbour.

The pursuit began about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday when an officer attempted to pull over a vehicle on a routine traffic stop in the 3100 block of North Caminos Lagos near Joe Pool Lake.

The driver led the officer on a short chase, but soon abandoned the car in an open field. The driver ran off, and the officer chased him on foot.

The driver fired at the officer, missing him, and the officer returned fire, Beseda said.

The driver ran into a secluded, wooded area, and a police helicopter and a K-9 unit joined the search.

Initially, police warned residents of the Mira Lagos neighborhood to limit outdoor activity.

About 2:10 p.m., the driver was found in the 600 block of East Seeton Road and “exchanged gunfire with officers, striking two,” Beseda reported.

Officers “have no clue” why the teen ran from police, Beseda said, but the investigation is ongoing.

His family was notified late Wednesday, Beseda said.

On his Facebook page, Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen said he visited one of the wounded officers at the hospital.

“Our men and women put themselves in danger every day. We should never take what they do for our city for granted,” Jensen said, asking for prayers for the officers’ families.

The Arlington, Mansfield and Midlothian police departments assisted in the search, Beseda said.

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