Teen dead, officers wounded in exchange of gunfire

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Associated Press

Posted on December 27, 2013 at 7:32 PM

DALLAS (AP) — A teenage gunman was killed and two police officers were wounded following an exchange of gunfire Christmas Day that began with a traffic stop, police in suburban Dallas said Thursday.

The 16-year-old was shot Wednesday afternoon in a volley of gunfire with Grand Prairie police. He was identified by school officials in Mansfield, where he was a student, as Peyton Cole Barbour. He was airlifted to a Dallas hospital where he died shortly after being taken into surgery.

The two officers sustained superficial wounds and later were released from a hospital. One was shot in the hand while sitting in his patrol car.

An officer attempted to stop the vehicle the teen was driving Wednesday at about 4:30 a.m. because of suspicious activity, according to Grand Prairie police Detective Mark Beseda.

Barbour sped away before running from the vehicle and firing on the pursuing officer. Beseda said the vehicle had been stolen.

Barbour fled into nearby woods and a manhunt began that lasted about nine hours and involved more than 20 Grand Prairie officers in addition to others from nearby departments just west of Dallas.

The woods were thick with brush that prevented police dogs from pursuing and shielded the teen from a helicopter overhead, Beseda said.

A person living in a nearby residential area spotted Barbour walking from the woods and notified police, leading to the gunfire that left the teen mortally wounded.

Beseda said it wasn't clear Thursday what prompted Barbour to fire on officers. He said the firearm used by the suspect, a Glock 9mm handgun, had been reported stolen during a residential burglary.

"Any teenager, especially being 16, that's rare for us to come across," Beseda said of the outburst of violence. "That's definitely a rare situation that I don't think we've experienced."

A photo on Barbour's Facebook page shows him wearing a knitted cap with the word "Reckless" across it.

A statement released by the Mansfield school district said Barbour was a sophomore at Mansfield Lake Ridge High School.

"Plans are underway with campus administrators to have grief counselors available for students and staff who may need assistance when they return from the winter break," the statement said.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Barbour's parents both work for the Mansfield district — his father as an assistant principal at an elementary school and his mother as a receptionist at another school.

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