Man Arrested in Shooting of Dallas Officer

Jason Keith Yarborough arrested at Arlington hotel

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    Suspect arrested in the shooting of an off-duty Dallas police officer. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012)

    Dallas police say a person of interest questioned Tuesday in the shooting of an off-duty officer led to the arrest of a suspect in the case.

    U.S. marshals arrested Jason Keith Yarborough, 31, at an the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites in Arlington on Tuesday night. Yarborough was then turned over to Dallas police.

    Alleged Gunman in Custody for Officer Shooting

    [DFW] Alleged Gunman in Custody for Officer Shooting
    Investigators say a man has been arrested in the shooting of an off-duty Dallas police officer. Sgt. Warren Mitchell on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of Jason Keith Yarborough. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012)

    Yarborough, who had a leg wound, claimed he had been shot by police.

    "It was determined that he had not been shot," Deputy Chief Sherryl Scott said. "He had a scrape on his leg, possibly from falling down."

    Senior Cpl. Matthew Wagner, 33, was shot early Tuesday morning while working a security job in uniform with another off-duty officer at the Wildflower Apartments in Northeast Dallas.

    Investigators matched fingerprints on a gun magazine left behind to Jason Yarborough.

    Police said Yarborough was seen in the same type of shoes that were found after the shooting, and that crime technicians collected an open pack of Newport cigarettes, the same brand Yarborough reportedly smokes.

    Wagner who has been with the department for four years, is recovering from bullet wounds and a broken arm.

    Police said Yarborough started shooting when Wagner and Sgt. Rodney Choate confronted him and a friend with binoculars and a police scanner.

    Yarborough is charged with aggravated assault on a public servant using a deadly weapon.

    NBC 5's Kendra Lyn contributed to this report.