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No injuries after Arlington officer fires weapon during traffic stop, police say

The incident happened Sunday afternoon on Carter Drive, near Skylark Drive.

ARLINGTON, Texas — An investigation is underway after an Arlington officer fired their weapon during a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon, police said.

Police said the incident happened around 2:40 p.m. on Carter Drive, near Skylark Drive.

According to police, two officers performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that was connected to a felony warrant. 

Police said when the vehicle pulled over, a passenger, 26-year-old Esteban Morales, exited the vehicle with a gun in hand. At some point, one of the officers fired his weapon at Morales.

Police are investigating what led to the officer firing his weapon. According to police, Morales did not fire his gun.

No one was hit by the gunfire, and there were no injuries reported, police said.

Morales was taken into custody and booked into jail on one count of unlawful possession of a weapon and outstanding warrants, according to police.

Police said the driver of the vehicle, 43-year-old Jeffrey Bateman, was also arrested for outstanding warrants.

According to police, the felony warrant connected to the vehicle was for someone who wasn't in the vehicle at the time.

The officer who fired his weapon is a five-year veteran with the department and was placed on administrative leave, per department policy.

Police said they will be investigating any criminal offenses during the incident and whether the officer followed department policies and training.

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