Arlington Mall evacuated after officer-involved shooting

28 November, 2017, 01:42 | Author: Christina Harvey
  • A suspected shoplifter was shot by a police officer at an Arlington mall after allegedly reaching for a replica handgun. The male suspect was thought to have been stealing sunglasses at the mall Texas when an officer opened fire believing the replica

Arlington police are investigating an officer-involved shooting inside The Parks at Arlington mall Sunday afternoon.

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". One officer took the upper level and another took the lower level, radioing each other as to their mark's whereabouts.

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.

Dodd attempted to evade capture by fleeing up an escalator that leads to the mall's food court.

"He started pointing the gun towards wherever the cop was, and the cop, that's whenever he shot him first and literally just grabbed the kids and put them down".

The department's Chris Cook said it's too hard for an officer to differentiate a real versus a fake gun during a pursuit.




The name of the officer was not released.

Authorities say this is not an active shooter incident and the situation is under control.

Replica imitation firearms/BB guns have no place in society when used in criminal endeavors.

"Officers can not make a distinction between the two, especially.in a split second decision", he said.

"You can not ever distinguish between a real or an imitation firearm. You'll get this type of response".

The mall was placed on lockdown, then evacuated and closed for the day.

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