An armed man was shot and killed by Dallas police Wednesday morning after pointing a weapon at an officer following a traffic stop, police say.[[391172591,R]]
Dallas police said an officer pulled over a driver at about 9:43 a.m. on the 3600 block of West Davis Street and that when the car stopped, someone exited the vehicle with a gun and began running.
Lt. Latoya Porter, with the Dallas Police Department's Homicide and Special Investigations Unit, said Wednesday afternoon the officer chased the man, giving loud, verbal commands.
With the weapon still in his hand, the man turned toward the officer, police said, and was shot at least once.
The man, whose identity has not been confirmed, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Porter said the traffic stop took place because the paper license plate on the car, a gray Nissan Sentra, didn't match the vehicle. Porter added there were other people in the car at the time of the traffic stop.
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According to the department, the officer was not injured in the incident.
Neighbor Mariana Delgado said she saw the officer and man running down a side street near the traffic stop.
“I told the boy, 'stop, stop. He’s going to shoot you if you not stop.' And I look at the officer, and I say 'don’t shoot him, don’t shoot him.'”
Delgado said she watched the mant climb over a fence into a backyard and then saw the officer shoot the man through a gap in the fence.
“I just hear [sic] gunshot. And I just turn around because I don’t want to see it. And I start to pray for him,” said Delgado.
Delgado said she never saw the gun police say the man had.
Dallas police said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing and no further details have been confirmed.
Investigators ask anyone with information about the shooting, or the other people in the car at the time of the traffic stop, to please call 214-671-3661 or Crime Stoppers.
NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.