Police officers fatally shot a suspect after a chase that ended when his car flipped on Monday afternoon.
The chase began in Mesquite and came to an end at Shiloh Road and 635 near the Garland-Dallas border. Police say they caught the man after he ran from the wreck and was shot during a struggle.
Sources tell FOX 4 that the suspect was wanted for groping a young girl at a convenience store in Mesquite a short time earlier.
The incident that sparked the investigation that led to the chase happened about 3:45 p.m. inside Town Center Mart in Mesquite. Witnesses say the suspect can be seen on security video at the counter. Whatever happened happened off camera.
“It’s my understanding that there was a 12-year-old girl that was there,” said Mesquite Police Lt. Brian Parrish. “It was the beginning of the situation.”
Witnesses inside the store told police and FOX 4 that another man got in a shouting match with the suspect after seeing something, and he called 911. When police arrived, the chase began.
Sultan Obeid manages a restaurant connected to the mart and says the suspect is a regular customer.
“I couldn’t really see everything that happened until the police showed up,” he said.
Mesquite police chased a red sedan into Garland. There, a collision left the suspect’s car on its roof on I-635. Police say the man got out of the car and ran into nearby Dallas city limits with officers in pursuit.
“There was a scuffle inside Dallas between the officers and the suspect at the end of which there was a shooting,” Parrish said. “The suspect was shot and was transported to a local hospital. No officers were shot. We have minor injuries on some of the officers.”
It’s unclear which police agency fired their weapons and struck the suspect. Investigators are still trying to determine if the suspect had a weapon.
“There’s so many moving pieces here,” said Garland Police Lt. Pedro Barineau. “It’s a very complicated investigation because there are so many jurisdictions involved here.”
Since the shooting occurred within the Dallas city limits, the Dallas Police Department will lead the investigation.