Suspect shot by police at Arlington mall in critical condition

Suspect shot by police at Arlington mall in critical condition

Suspect shot by police at Arlington mall in critical condition

A police officer shot a man in Texas after the latter pulled out a BB gun in a busy shopping mall on Sunday.

Lt. Chris Cook, with the Arlington Police Department, said, in an interview with the local NBC affiliate, "We have done a lot of news stories over the past two years about how tragic these things can occur because an officer cannot distinguish between a legitimate, true firearm and an imitation replica firearm".

Dodd had been identified by mall security staff as the person who took two pairs of sunglasses worth $300-$400 from Sunglass Hut at about 4:20 p.m.

This is not an active shooter incident, according to APD. He said the responding officer was able to identify the registration on the vehicle and a higher-ranking officer made a decision to cancel the pursuit.


"He committed a traffic violation and a officer in our south unit attempted to make a traffic stop for that traffic violation and he took off", said Cook. As the suspect ran towards the second level of the food court area, he produced an imitation or replica gun, causing the officer to fire his weapon.

The Star-Telegram reported that the mall was evacuated. Police didn't pursue him in that case since they recognized Dodd after running his license plate number. 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.

Approximately an hour and twenty minutes prior to his theft at the mall, Dodd phoned 9-1-1 and claimed he was a suspect in an evading arrest case and was at Stovall Park. He remains in the hospital in critical condition, Cook said.

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