DALLAS –– A Dallas police officer on Friday night shot and killed a combative suspect who disarmed him of his Taser and refused to relinquish it, a spokesman says.
Police were called at 11:40 p.m. to a report of a major disturbance at 1500 E. Missouri Ave. regarding a man sitting on the front porch of a home. When police arrived, Salvador Munoz, 22, was awaiting them.
Department spokeswoman Magdalen Boyle said Munoz quickly grew “combative and aggressive” toward responding officers.
When they tried to handcuff him, the man fought back, spurring an officer to pull out the Taser. Boyle said witnesses told investigators they saw Munoz rip the Taser from the officer and pointed it at police.
When Munoz refused, Boyle said an officer shot him. The suspect died at the scene.
“Witnesses report that they heard the officers giving loud verbal commands to the suspect to drop the Taser,” Boyle wrote in an email. “The suspect refused. The officer discharged his weapon, striking the suspect.”
The officer, who has not been identified, was placed on administrative leave. It is department policy to put any police officer who uses his or her weapon on paid leave while the Internal Affairs Division investigates the incident.
“We are conducting a thorough investigation of this incident. Independent civilian witnesses indicate that the suspect attacked the officers, disarmed the officers of their Taser and attempted to Tase the officers,” said Chief David Brown in a prepared statement. “We will update the public as soon as the investigation is complete.”
Munoz has a criminal history that includes drug possession and delivery, resisting arrest and assault on a public servant, Boyle said.