DALLAS –– A teenage burglary suspect who fled police in an apartment complex Wednesday pointed his gun at an officer after refusing to drop it, prompting the policeman to shoot at him, Dallas police wrote in a statement.
Dallas police on Thursday released a description of the events that led to Ofc. Eric Freeman discharging his weapon. The officer, dressed in plainclothes with his badge around his neck, was pursuing an aggravated robbery suspect who was reported to be at the Bella Vista Sol apartments in the 8900 block of Senate Street.
The department's statement, posted to its Facebook page Thursday morning, says the officer saw at least two suspects running in different directions through the apartment complex upon his arrival. Suspect Darron Robinson had a gun in his hand.
The statement says Freeman ordered him to drop it. Instead, police say Robinson, 18, turned around and pointed his gun toward the officer.
"Fearing for his life, Officer Freeman fired his duty weapon at suspect Robinson," the statement says.
Freeman missed and Robinson kept running. The suspect eventually threw the gun over a fence and onto a nearby apartment's patio. Robinson was found hiding under a truck and arrested. The .40 caliber gun was reported stolen on April 12, police say.
Robinson, a Mesquite resident, will be charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault on a police officer, the statement says. The other suspect, Diamante Lacy, faces an aggravated robbery charge. A third suspect was questioned and released.
Robinson is being held at the Dallas County jail without bond. Lacy does not appear to be on the jail's roster.