A police chase along U.S. Highway 175 ended with a crash and a Dallas police officer fatally shooting a man in Pleasant Grove Monday morning, Dallas police say.
The car chase started with a family disturbance call and ended when the man crashed the green pickup he was driving into a minivan at Lake June Road and North Prairie Creek Road, police said. A woman and child in the minivan were not seriously injured.
Dallas police said Steven Douglas, 29, then got out of his pickup and started walking toward an auto repair shop nearby.
Dallas police Maj. Jeff Cotner said employees of a garage near the crash scene also told police the man was armed and was coming toward them.
Douglas stumbled as he reached the repair bays, and as he was falling, Cotner said he pointed his gun at Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Moreno.
Moreno fired his weapon at Douglas. According to Dallas police, Moreno was not injured, but Douglas was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cotner said a pistol was recovered at the scene.
While witnesses had said Douglas was shot in the back, Cotner said when officers interviewed them, they told detectives they did not witness the shooting.
Mothers Speak Out After Crash, Shooting
Two North Texas mothers are feeling the complete opposite emotions following Monday's chase and shooting.
One mother, Rene Douglas, is in mourning. Her son, 29-year old Steven Douglas, is dead after police shot and killed him. Police said he took his two kids at gunpoint, hit a car during a police chase and pointed a gun at officers as they closed in on him.
"Now he's gone. Now I got to bury him. It's not supposed to be where a mother buries their child," she said.
She said she'll remember the father of two as a good father and loving son.
Meanwhile, the Umanzor family is feeling relieved.
Their relatives were watching the news and saw Juda Umanzor's white minivan in the wreck.
Umanzor said she was driving home after picking up groceries with her 2-year-old son. She was going through a green light when she was T-boned by the truck Steven Douglas was driving.
Umanzor said she was very scared, and her first instinct was to grab her son and get out of the car.
She soon heard gunfire, and she called her husband.
"I was worried about the little one," said Oscar Umanzor.
The two were safe and not hurt.
"We're happy because, you know, the guy ran away the other side. He didn't go back after them. He could have taken them," said Oscar Umanzor.
Meanwhile, the officer involved in the shooting, Rogelio Moreno, was placed on routine paid administrative leave as this shooting is investigated.