Unarmed man shot by Mesquite police back in the hospital

Man shot by police getting into car speaks out

The path to recovery for Lyndo Jones will be long.

He's back in the hospital for a third time after being shot by a Mesquite police officer earlier this month.

He was readmitted to the hospital Saturday because he was having trouble breathing.

Doctors found he had pneumonia and removed fluid from his lungs.

While he's in the hospital, Dallas County grand jurors are trying to decide whether the officer who shot him should be indicted. Grand jurors began considering the case Wednesday.

“You did wrong,” Jones says of the officer. “If I did wrong, I'm going to be held accountable for my actions. Why not you?”

Jones, 31, was unarmed when he was shot Nov. 8. The officer, Derick Wiley, responded to a possible car burglary. 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.

The officer remains on paid administrative leave.

“They need to fire him immediately,” Moore says. “Simply put.”

Since Jones has been back in the hospital, doctors discovered another bullet lodged in his body. It’s under his armpit. He wants it removed.  

“I want you to get it out of me because it shouldn't be there in the first place,” he says.

Jones wishes he wasn't in the hospital so he could tell his story to the grand jury.

“A dead man can't talk. I'm alive,” he says. “Why not ask me what happened?”

Nightmares of being shot plague him at night. He is fearful of police officers.

So what would he say to the officer if he could talk to him?

“Why? Why would you shoot me,” he says. “Just why. I want to know why.”

His seven-year-old and two-year-old girls haven’t been told that he’s been shot. His youngest is too young to understand. He worries that it would be too much for his eldest.

Jones spent six days in the hospital the first time. He was handcuffed to the bed for most of it because Mesquite police charged him with misdemeanor evading arrest. He was considered a prisoner so his family couldn’t go in to see him.

“I’m scared,” he says of how he was feeling. “I didn’t want to talk. I didn’t know what they were going do to me.”

The charges were dropped and he was released hours later.

This hospital stay is far different because his family and friends can freely visit him.

He is thankful to be alive and hopeful the officer will be indicted for his actions that night.

“I got kids. I could have died,” he says. “You know what I'm saying. Ain't no problem. No father daughter dances. No more if I would have died.”

Officer Wiley has since been placed on indefinite suspension according to the Mesquite Chief Charles Cato.

He issued the following statement regarding Wiley's employment on Wednesday evening:

"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."

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