Officer Shoots, Kills Man Holding Cell Phone

By Stacy Morrow
|  Monday, Sep 28, 2009  |  Updated 4:02 PM CDT
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Officer Shoots, Kills Man Holding Cell Phone

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An officer shoots and kills a man holding a celll phone that was thought to be a gun, Dallas police said.

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An officer shot and killed a man who pointed what the officer believed was a gun, but turned out to be a cell phone, Dallas police said Monday.

The fatal shooting happened at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday when officers responded to a 911 call reporting that people were being loud and firing a weapon in the 2700 block of Ivandale Street, Lt. Andy Harvey said.

Officers found five people in the back yard playing music. Two people ran into a detached garage, and Able R. Martinez, 36, sat on a trampoline with his back to the officers.

Officer Paul Ford said he saw Martinez move his arm and point a black object that Ford thought was a gun in the direction of an officer who passed by Martinez to confront someone else.

Ford fired multiple rounds from his rifle after Martinez failed to respond to his commands in English and Spanish to raise his hands and get on the ground, Harvey said.

Martinez died at the scene. The medical examiner found he had a black cell phone in his hand.

Officers arrested another man in the back yard, Raul Martinez, 26, after confirming that he was the person who had been shooting a .40 pistol, police said. The weapon and several spent shell casings were found in the yard, police said.

Ford has been placed on routine administrative leave. He's been with DPD for two years and is assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division.

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