Man Who Drove Toward Officers was Under the Influence of Drugs: Police

Police in Garland are investigating an officer involved shooting.

Investiagtors say two officers were sitting in traffic along West Miller Road near Saturn Road around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Police say the driver of a white SUV, identified by Garland police as Thomas Irwin, jumped the curb and crashed through a cemetery fence, striking a tombstone.

When officers approached the driver attempting to investigate the crash, police say he started driving towards the officers.

"Fearing for their life," according to a press release, the officers opened fire, striking the man twice.

Both officers attempted to back out of the way before opening fire, according to the release.

The man then took off, but pulled over in a parking lot a short distance away.

After the driver surrendered, officers discovered two children in the backseat.

The driver was arrested and is expected to be okay. Neither the officers or the children were hurt in the shooting.

Police say their investigation has led them to believe Irwin was under the influence at the time of the incident.

He will be transported to jail and charged with Aggravated Assault, two counts of Endagering a Child, Evading Arrest and a DWI, upon his release from the hospital, according to police.

Both officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave, according to police.

[This story will continue to be updated as more details are released.]

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