Suspect killed after firing shots at Mesquite police officer

Mesquite police are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. Monday at an apartment complex off Interstate 30 near the LBJ Freeway.

An officer spotted a car matching the description of a suspect with an active warrant from a nearby city.

When he approached the car, the suspect, identified as 40-year-old Joseph Wayne Butler, got out and ran away.

During the chase, police said Butler pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots at the officer.

That’s when the officer returned fire, hitting the suspect.

Butler was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

The officer was not hurt.

The identity of the officer has not yet been released.


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