“Heroes,” Said Texas Police Spokesman James McLellan
A Texas police department has released details about a shooting that took place last Friday in Irving, Texas, part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Two officers were involved in a shooting that left one man dead, reports the Dallas Morning News.
The man, 29-year-old Christopher Michael Dew, had taken a woman hostage after police arrived at the scene of a robbery at a check-cashing facility. Police identified the deceased suspect over the weekend in a statement.
“The two officers were here quickly, within minutes and were able to engage the suspect,” said Irving Police spokesman James McLellan. “They couldn’t let him leave with the hostage.”
“By all appearances, this was the last resort for them.” According to both police officers the suspect was threatening to force the hostage a vehicle before the shooting happened. Their statements were backed up by video taken at the crime scene by a witness.
Both officers shot Dew who was armed with a handgun. The hostage, who police have not identified, was not harmed. The other employees hid themselves in a locked room and were also unharmed.
Police were alerted to the robbery when employees tripped an alarm. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. This is a routine action for many police departments nation-wide.
Check-cashing locations have been popular targets in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with robberies happening about once a week. Dew was previously convicted of aggravated robbery in 2007. He died at the scene.