Officer shoots fleeing carjacking suspect in Mesquite

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on December 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 5 at 2:03 PM

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MESQUITE - A carjacking suspect was shot as he attempted to flee from police early Wednesday morning in a Mesquite neighborhood, police said.

The Wednesday incident began when authorities received a call of a carjacking around midnight in the 3600 block of Byrd Drive. The caller reported two armed men stole a 2009 silver Acura and the victim's wallet.

A short time later, authorities attempted to pull over a vehicle matching the description of the stolen Acura. A short pursuit ensued, with the suspects bailing from the car in the 3600 block of Bahamas Drive. One suspect was immediately apprehended and the other was shot in the backyard of a home around 12:30 a.m.

Dallas police said the officer feared for his life, shooting three rounds, one of which struck the suspect in his lower back. The wounded suspect, Demarcus Shorter, 19, was in stable condition Monday at Baylor hospital, as he and two others face felony robbery charges.

The other suspects have been identified as Deshon Jackson, 19, and Keith Simon, 17. The stolen car hit a curb, spurring Jackson and Shorter to jump out and flee on foot. Jackson was caught right away, police said.  

In a statement, a spokesperson said  during the foot-chase, "Shorter suddenly stopped, turning toward the officer quickly raising his hands from his waistband," said Sgt. Brian Parrish.  "Fearing for his life, the officer fired three rounds from his service weapon striking the suspect one time."

The officer involved is a seven year veteran of the department. He has been placed on administrative assignment as the shooting is investigated.

"What the officers were telling us seemed reasonable, but as in every case, it's going to be referred to the grand jury," Parrish said. "So we're going to have outside oversight in this and there will be a full investigation. If there are any improprieties they will come to light."

Police say Shorter did not have a weapon on him when he was shot, but investigators did find two guns in the car.

All three suspects face felony robbery charges, including 17 year-old Simon. Police say he drove Jackson and Shorter to the original carjacking scene.  No one else was injured in the incident.

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