Conflicting reports about man's shooting by Dallas sheriff

The family of a man shot by a Dallas County Sheriff's deputy says there are conflicting reports about what led to the shooting.

Two weeks ago, Michael Morgan was shot by a deputy who was trying to arrest him. At the time, investigators said Morgan put deputies in danger by driving at them when trying to get away.

The night of the shooting, a DSO spokeswoman told me the deputy shot Morgan after he allegedly put the car in reverse, and drove in the direction of the deputy. The deputy also said Morgan ran over his foot.

But at a witness who lives at the corner where it happened, says that's not what he saw. Bryson Kimbrell told his version of events at a news conference Tuesday morning.

Kimbrell and his wife live at the intersection of Lagow and Copeland streets. The couple was watching TV on Oct. 19 when they heard tires screeching outside. Kimbrell says he's walked out his side door and saw two DSO vehicles blocking the intersection.

Kimbrell says he saw Morgan reverse away from the deputy -- and claims the deputy was never in his path -- when that deputy fired his gun, striking Morgan in the neck.

“That's when we saw the him pull his gun out of the holster... and Morgan was already backing out … cops fired … bang, bang and took off. The guy was never in danger at all,” Kimbrell said.

Morgan's sister wants the Dallas County Sheriff to release all video that may have captured the shooting.

DPS spokeswoman Melinda Urbina issued a statement that says in part: "There is no existing dash camera footage of the incident that occurred on Lagow and Copeland. Our traffic vehicles contain cameras, but not the vehicles used by our Warrant division. There is also no body camera footage."

The statement goes on to say that DSO would like to reassure the public that investigators with the district attorney's office are involved and reviewing the incident. DSO also says it’s using grant money to purchase body cameras.

Morgan, meanwhile, remains in jail. The deputy who shot him was off for several days after the shooting, but just returned to fulltime status.

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