Officer who shot man in Mesquite placed on indefinite suspension

The Mesquite police officer who shot an unarmed man has been placed on indefinite suspension.

Officer Derick Wiley responded to a possible car burglary on Nov. 8. which is where he found 31-year-old Lyndo Jones. It turned out the truck Jones was in belonged to him, and his car alarm was malfunctioning.

“We feel that the evidence will bear this officer did everything wrong that he could have possibly done that night,” said Jones’ attorney, Justin Moore.

Moore has seen both the dash cam and body cam footage. He can’t talk about it because of an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, but he says it reaffirmed his belief that the shooting was not justified.

Law enforcement sources have previously said there are significant concerns about the officer-involved shooting.

Jones has been hospitalized three times due to the nature of his injuries. He also had charges filed against him in the beginning stages of this case, they have since been dropped. 

Mesquite Chief Charles Cato, issued the following statement regarding Wiley's employment:

"Earlier today, I received the results and recommendations of our internal affairs panel concerning the November 8th officer involved shooting. Based upon the facts and recommendations presented to me, I made the decision to place Officer Derick Wiley on indefinite suspension. This is a term used for civil service employees, but it effectively means Officer Wiley’s employment has been terminated. Our internal investigation revealed that Officer Wiley violated department policy.We will not be making any additional comments until the Dallas County Grand Jury completes its process."

© 2017 WFAA-TV


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment