Police: Fatal shooting by Plano officer may have been accident



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Posted on October 14, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 14 at 10:27 PM

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DALLAS — A Plano Police Department sergeant shot and killed a suspect outside a North Dallas fast food restaurant late Wednesday night.

Plano police now say the unnamed sergeant's weapon may have discharged accidentally.

The incident happened just before 11 p.m. in the parking lot of a Jack in the Box restaurant near Frankford Road and the Dallas North Tollway. Plano police were working on an undercover drug operation at the site.

A suspect in the buy-bust operation was shot by a Plano sergeant as a Plano narcotics officer was attempting to take him into custody, police said in a statement. The sergeant, an eight-year veteran on the force, fired a single deadly shot.

"This individual was confronted and immediately a shot is heard and then the individual goes down," said Plano police spokesman Lt. Rick McDonald. "How that shot was taken or how it was accidentally discharged, we just don't know at this time yet, because we need to wait until we talk with that officer, but we are looking into that possibility."


In a statement released Wednesday evening, Dallas police said "preliminary evidence suggests that this was an accidental shooting."

The suspect, identified as 25-year-old Michael Alcala of Carrollton, was shot in the chest. He was taken to Parkland Hospital, which was where he was pronounced dead. A man and a woman were taken into custody for questioning, and an "unknown white substance" was also seized by officers, according to a Dallas police report.

"Any charges that will be filed will be done by the Plano Police Department," said Dallas homicide Lt. David Pughes, who referred inquiries to Plano police.

The Dallas Special Investigation Unit is working the case, and is questioning witnesses and the Plano officers involved in the shooting.

Plano police say the sergeant has been placed on administrative leave during an internal investigation.

It is the second fatal shooting attributed to a Plano police officer working outside of Plano this month. Last Thursday, a member of a regional drug task force shot and killed a suspect while serving a warrant in Bonham.

The Dallas Morning News contributed to this report