Editor's Note -- In this and two other recent incidents, officers were confronted with dangerous teenagers, two 15-year-olds and two 16-year-olds. These incidents serve as reminders that teenagers can—and in instances like these, do—pose a serious threat to police and innocent civilians. Young does not mean “harmless.” Keep your tactical awareness high, regardless of who you’re dealing with, and never let your guard down.
DALLAS, Tex. — A Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer shot and killed a man who attacked her and another officer early Sunday morning.
DART officials said the man was hiding in the bushes at the light rail station at Ledbetter Drive and Lancaster Road in Oak Cliff when he attacked an officer around 3 a.m.
She managed to get loose, but the man then charged a second officer who fired one shot.
The attacker was taken to Methodist Medical Center, where he later died.
"We've had DART police since 1989, and this is the first time that an officer-involved shooting has resulted in a fatality," said DART spokesman Morgan Lyons. "There probably aren't seven or eight situations where DART police officers have had to discharge their weapons in the line of duty."
DART officials said the officers, who were not identified, were placed on administrative during the investigation—standard policy for any officer-involved shooting.
The Ledbetter station was temporarily closed as DART and Dallas detectives collected evidence.
WFAA-TV photojournalist Robert Flagg contributed to this report.