Arlington Police Officer Fatally Shoots Driver During Traffic Stop

Police say an officer fire multiple shots into a vehicle as it started to drive away

An Arlington police officer shot the driver of an SUV during a traffic stop Saturday after the man started to roll up his windows and drive away with the officer's arm stuck in the window, police say.

The driver initially followed officers instructions and turned the vehicle off, according to the Arlington Police Department. But about 10 minutes into the stop, he rolled up the windows and started the car.

Police said the officer reached inside passenger side window of the SUV with his left arm as it started to pull away.

The officer's arm got stuck in the window, police said, and when the driver did not stop after the officer asked him to, the officer shot the driver as the SUV continued to drive down the street.

The officer was able to dislodge his arm, while the vehicle traveled a short distance further down California Lane. The driver of the SUV was transported to the hospital, where he died.

The passenger of the SUV was detained, but later released pending an investigation.

The incident started with a traffic stop for driving without a registration around 1:45 p.m. in the 2400 block of California Lane, according to the Arlington police.

The police officer who made the stop called for backup when he smelled marijuana in the SUV.

Police said they are reviewing body camera and dash cam footage.

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