Dallas Police officer shoots armed carjacking suspect

A Dallas police officer shot a robbery suspect Wednesday afternoon near a drive-through chicken restaurant near MLK Boulevard and Meyers Street.

DALLAS - Police are investigating after an officer shot an aggravated robbery suspect at MLK Boulevard and Meyers Street in South Dallas Wednesday evening.

Officers were in the area searching for the suspect in a carjacking that occurred this week. He took off on foot when police spotted him, and at one point produced a handgun as he ran back toward officers.

“I saw him run across the street, he was toting something in his hand,” a witness at the scene told News 8. “When I looked closely he had a gun, the police officer was running behind him.”

An officer fired his weapon, hitting the man once in the leg.

“I was just praying. I didn’t want to see him die over something silly that he made a bad decision on,” said the witness, who asked not to be identified. She said the scariest part was the fact that guns were involved in the incident, which occurred near a school with children around.

Police say no officers were injured. The suspect was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The witness said she was glad to see the suspect was only shot in the leg and that a life wasn’t taken. She lauded the officer’s handling of situation.

“I feel like he was very professional with his [weapon], and I feel like that’s how it should always be,” she said.

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