Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News
Dallas Police Chief David Brown defends officers' actions aboard an Amtrak train after they say 32-year-old Stephen Ray Malone, Jr., pointed a gun at police. Malone who died, a wounded undercover narcotics officer and a wounded bystander were all hit by police bullets.
Investigators say a gunman who was fatally shot aboard an Amtrak train by Dallas police didn't fire any shots during the confrontation that also injured an undercover officer and innocent bystander.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Tuesday that preliminary findings indicate no gunshots were fired from the handgun brandished Monday afternoon by the suspect on an Amtrak train at Union Station in Dallas.
Brown said the undercover officers at the train station were on a routine investigation and saw a suspicious man within the station.
Officers followed the man, later identified as 32-year-old Stephen Ray Malone, Jr., of Waterford, Mich., through the station and onto the Amtrak train, where officers then went to ask Malone for a consensual search.
During the request, police say Malone pulled a weapon from his waistband, and pointed it at one of the officers. At that time, the officers shot and killed Malone and injured 29-year-old bystander James Railey.
When asked why officers didn't approach Malone until he entered the train, Brown stated he thought approaching Malone in the crowded station could have been even more dangerous.
"I think we saved some lives yesterday, based on our officers' actions," Brown said. "This suspect was not going to be arrested for possession of firearms, he was a felon in possession of a firearm which would have sent him back to the penitentiary, and he was not going to be arrested. His actions put people at risk. Our actions saved lives."
Malone has long criminal history including convictions for larceny, fraud and theft.
Senior Corporal Samuel Hussey, a 22-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department who is assigned to the narcotics division, was shot in the hand and is in fair condition at Baylor Hospital.
Railey, who was traveling with his brother to Longview, was treated and released from the hospital.
NBC 5's Ray Villeda contributed to this report