Man sought by Highland Village police dies when gun goes off in Dallas

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Emergency vehicles surround the Interceramic Marble Products location on Zodiac Lane.

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The Dallas Morning News

Posted on December 9, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 10 at 1:18 AM

Fatal shooting

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DALLAS — A man who had eluded Highland Village police a day earlier died Thursday of a gunshot wound while trying to flee officers at his Dallas workplace, authorities said.

The 28-year-old man died at a ceramic tile showroom when the gun he was carrying discharged as he tried to get away.

The  Dallas County Medical Examiner's office identified the man as 28-year-old Aaron Massey of Denton.

Dallas police, who are investigating the shooting, said it's unclear whether Massey killed himself or if the gun accidentally went off.

Dallas police said Massey escaped a traffic stop in Highland Village on Wednesday. But two Highland Village officers following up on the case Thursday traced the suspect's Dodge pickup truck to the Interceramic Marble Collection showroom in the 11000 block of Zodiac Lane, east of Harry Hines Boulevard.

Just after 4 p.m. the officers entered the business where Massey was working as an independent contractor. The suspect saw them and tried to run, but was mortally wounded when he stumbled, fell to the floor and the gun discharged, striking him in the upper body. Massey died at the scene.

Highland Village police said the officers had not known that Massey was armed. They said he had been carrying several loaded magazines.

Investigators were talking to several employees and at least one customer who witnessed the incident.

Highland Village is a Denton County community about 20 miles northwest of Dallas.\

WFAA contributed to this report.

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