Dallas County Grand Jury No-Bills Two Highland Park Officers

By Dulce Hernandez
|  Thursday, Mar 27, 2014  |  Updated 5:08 PM CDT
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Dallas County Grand Jury No-Bills Two Highland Park Officers

Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News

A Dallas County Grand Jury no-billed two Highland Park police officers who were involved in a shooting, says the Highland Park Department of Public Safety.

After an independent investigation done by the Dallas County Sheriff's Department and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, both departments presented their discoveries to the Dallas County Grand Jury on Thursday. The evidence lead to the jury's final decision.

On June 4, 2013, the two officers were placed in administrative leave after being involved in the shooting. Police received a 911 call about a suspicious person on a motorcycle who was following a resident through town.

The two officers found a motorcycle matching the description parked in the shopping center at 3000 Mockingbird Lane. When the driver returned to the motorcycle, officers tried to question him, but the man drove away.

After a brief chase, officers arrested the man and placed him in the back of a patrol vehicle. The man freed himself from handcuffs and fired a small handgun he had in his possession, shattering the window of the car.

Both officers fired back, hitting the man. The man was taken by ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital.

The two officers were not injured in the exchange, but a passerby's car was struck.  A witness in a Mercedes showed NBC 5 where a bullet had hit the hood of his car.

"The policemen were firing real low," the witness told NBC 5. "And so we didn't know what was happening because the suspect had jumped out of the back seat of the car and the policemen came around and started shooting."

Police said the man had an outstanding warrant for previously fleeing another police agency and that the motorcycle had been reported stolen.

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