Officers Shoot Man Wielding Shotgun in Grand Prairie

The suspect emerged from the house with a shotgun in one hand and a child in the other

A man is in custody after police say they believe he intended to be killed by police.

At 3:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to a person with a weapon call at a home on the 4800 block of Autumn Hill in Grand Prairie.

When they arrived, they found 34-year-old Daniel Benitez who emerged from the home with a shotgun in one hand and a child in the other.

Officers were able to negotiate with Benitez to release the child, unharmed, into their custody, after which the suspect went back inside the residence and reemerged with the shotgun.

Benitez pointed the weapon at officers "as to engage in a shooting," but did not discharge his weapon, according to police.

Feeling threatened, officers at the scene then fired their weapons, striking the suspect.

They were able to render aid to Benitez until he was able to be transported to a nearby hospital.

Benitez is expected to survive and, as a routine procedure, all officers involved in the shootings have been put on administrative leave as this case is still under investigation.

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