Arlington officer fatally shoots man trying to flee traffic stop
One man was fatally wounded by a police officer who is in the hospital with injuries from a fall after an incident in Arlington that started with a traffic stop.
Officers stopped a Chevrolet SUV about 1:45 p.m. Saturday in the 2800 block of South Bowen Road for an expired registration sticker, said Lt. Christopher Cook, Arlington police spokesman.
The two officers, one male and the other female, saw two men who appeared to be in their 20s in the vehicle, Cook said.
The female officer was speaking with the driver while the male officer was on the passenger side of the vehicle, Cook said. The female officer went back to the patrol car to access the patrol car’s mobile computer and get information about the vehicle and the driver, Cook said.
An officer requested that the driver turn the vehicle off and to roll the windows down fully. Officers reported they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, Cook said.
The driver complied at first but about 10 minutes after the stop, the driver began to roll both windows up and start the vehicle, according to police. The male officer reached inside the passenger window with his left arm and began to give verbal commands as the window continued rolling up, police stated in a news release.
The driver began to drive forward with the officer on the passenger side of the SUV. The officer pulled his gun out and fired several times striking the driver as the vehicle continued driving down the street, police said.
The officer fell from the SUV and landed on the pavement as the SUV continued driving eastbound on California Lane. The initial officer began to check the welfare of the officer who was on the ground, police said.
Additional officers located the SUV in the 2200 block of California Lane.
Officers began life-saving measures on the driver while notifying emergency medical personnel who later arrived in an ambulance and took the wounded man to Medical City Arlington hospital, Cook said.
The driver was pronounced dead soon after his arrival, Cook said.
The male officer who shot the driver was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries.
The officer is expected to recover, Cook said.
The SUV passenger was detained for questioning but later released and the vehicle was being searched by Arlington investigators late Saturday afternoon, according to Cook.
It is not known whether the passenger will face charges, Cook said.
Arlington police are reviewing footage from the body cameras the two officers were wearing and also examining video from patrol car dash camera, Cook said.
The officer who fired his gun is expected to be placed on administrative leave and the department will conduct an administrative review of the shooting, both of which are standard police procedure, Cook said.