Four Officers Shot at While Assisting Motorists in Dallas
Dallas, Texas – A shooting that occurred on Halloween night occurred as four officers were out with motorists involved in a traffic accident that occurred at the corner of John West Road and La Prada Drive in Dallas at approximately 6:58 p.m.
Dallas Police Officers Association President Mike Mata said in a statement that the four officers, two from Dallas Police and two from the Mesquite Police Department were all in uniform at the time and that it appears that the shooting was not random and was a targeted attack on officers in the performance of their duty and was completely unprovoked.
The officers were awaiting a wrecker at the intersection at the time of the incident and were directing traffic around the collision scene when the shooting occurred, said Mata.
Officers took cover when the shooting started, calling for backup. Officers ran to the area of 8300 La Prada Drive, towards the sound of the gunshots as they heard a woman screaming.
Although the investigation is continuing, a 19-year-old man was arrested at the location for unlawfully carrying a weapon. It is not known at the time of this report if the gun was in fact the weapon fired at officers, but ballistic tests will be performed on the weapon and the suspect to confirm if the 19-year-old male was the person that shot at officers.
Mata went on to detail that the mental toll that incidents such as this are continuing to add pressure to officers just trying to do their jobs in an increasingly hostile environment on a day to day basis with requests for confidential counseling for officers increasing over 200% in the last three years.
“The protests that we’ve had in the past, we’ve had individuals that were throwing bricks,” he said. “What happened in New Orleans with that officer that was shot in the face doing nothing but sitting in his squad car. This narrative that the police are the public’s enemy has to stop because it is not true.”
Dallas Police are no strangers to violence against police, with the 2016 shooting death of five officers in an event that also injured another nine officers that polarized the country after a deranged subject went on a rampage in downtown Dallas, eventually being taken out by a police robot loaded with explosives.