Officer Shoots Theft Suspect Inside Texas Mall

Officer Shoots Theft Suspect Inside Texas Mall

A scary situation as holiday shopping turns into holiday shooting at the Parks Mall in Arlington.

Lt. Chris Cook, with the Arlington Police Department, said, in an interview with the local NBC affiliate, "We have done a lot of news stories over the past two years about how tragic these things can occur because an officer cannot distinguish between a legitimate, true firearm and an imitation replica firearm". Mall security staff also reported on a two-way radio that they were following the man, who had reportedly stolen two pairs of sunglasses, police said.

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Anyone at the Parks Mall is able to go to their vehicle. "At one point during the call he said, 'I know Arlington is looking for me but I got a gun so if y'all pull me over I'm gonna shoot so just be ready.' " Cook said Dodd ended the call and the dispatcher called him back. The Parks Mall has closed so please avoid the area. Police have not yet identified him. He did note that Dodd had been charged with filing a false police report in September after reporting to police he had been shot in a drive-by shooting. Police say they're reviewing surveillance video.

The male suspect was thought to have been stealing sunglasses at the mall in Arlington, Texas, when an officer opened fire, believing the replica gun to be real.

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"In the call Mr. Dodd claimed that he was a suspect in an evading arrest call", said Cook.

The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Arlington PD later clarified the officer was on-duty as part of its South Retail District Unit.

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