The stolen car belonging to a Lyft driver fatally shot in Garland Sunday afternoon was found outside the Plano Police Department where officers inside shot and wounded a man who fired toward people in the lobby, police say.
At a joint press conference on Sunday evening, police did not confirm a link between the two cases.
The first incident happened just before noon in the 400 block of Forest Gate Drive, Garland police said.
Police said officers arrived to find a woman with an apparent gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
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Officers learned that the woman was a Lyft driver who had been hired to give someone a ride, police said. Her car was stolen from the location in Garland.
Garland police said as officers investigated the shooting, they learned the stolen car was located outside Plano Police Department Headquarters, where officers shot and wounded a man who opened fire in the lobby.
The man walked into police headquarters, in the 900 block of 14th Street, at about 12:15 p.m. wearing a mask and "behaving erratically," Plano police said.
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Police said the man walked into the lobby twice and the second time fired a handgun at a civilian police employee who was helping a visitor.
After the employee and visitor took cover, two police officers responded, shooting and hitting the man with the handgun, police said.
"The subject raised the weapon in his right hand and fired in the direction of the civilian employee. At that time the civilian employee and citizen were able to escape to a side room," said Jerry Minton, of the Plano Police Department.
He was taken to a local hospital by Plano Fire-Rescue in an unknown condition, police said.
Police said no one else was injured in the shooting.
"It’s just a sad deal all the way around. A life was lost today and there could’ve been many more if it wasn’t for the heroic actions of the Plano Police Department," said Matt Pesta, with the Garland Police Department.
The location on Forest Gate Drive and the Plano Police Department are about 10 miles apart.
Police said Sunday the only confirmed link between the two incidents is the Lyft driver’s stolen car. They’ve not officially linked the Plano shooter to the murder in Garland. The investigation is ongoing.