DALLAS –– An off-duty Dallas officer shot and killed a man who opened fire into a crowded parking lot behind a Northwest Dallas club early Thursday morning, a spokesman said.
During a morning news conference, Dallas Police Maj. Jeff Cotner said at 2:18 a.m. an off-duty officer happened upon a fight in the parking lot at Club Icon, located in the 2200 block of W. Northwest Highway.
Three police officers were already working off duty security at the club when they got word that the fight was happening behind the building, Cotner said.
By the time Sr. Cpl. Christopher Timms got to the scene, the crowd had swelled to at least 100 people. As Timms tried to get the crowd to disperse, he saw a suspect firing an automatic handgun into the crowd. Cotner said Timms pulled his service weapon and shot the man, who later died at a nearby hospital.
The deceased suspect has been identified as Tyrique Rashad Johnson, 21, of Cedar Hill.
"He was firing into the crowd. When Ofc. Timms saw him, he was firing directly into the crowd. Those lives were in immediate danger," Cotner said.
One other person suffered non-life threatening injuries. It's not clear whether that person was shot by the Johnson or Timms. Cotner did not reveal how many shots the officer fired.
Fellow department spokesman Gerardo Monreal said witnesses are being interviewed at Jack Evans Police Headquarters. Nobody has been identified and all the officers involved were in uniform.