Suspect, bystander dead in Tex. shootout with police

Police: The suspected gunman died of a gunshot wound to the head, but it wasn't immediately clear whether the officers killed him or he shot himself


Associated Press

RICHARDSON, Texas — A man suspected of starting a shootout with police at a suburban Dallas transit station that left a bystander dead Tuesday was himself found dead a short time later after a second gunfight with pursuing officers, authorities said.

The shootout at a Dallas Area Rapid Transit "Red Line" train station in Richardson also wounded two others, including a transit officer who had confronted the man around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said. The suspected gunman died of a gunshot wound to the head, but it wasn't immediately clear whether the officers killed him or he shot himself, Richardson police Sgt. Kevin Perlich said.

The shootout started after the driver of a DART bus told a transit police officer at the station that a man who had just boarded was being disorderly, Perlich said. The man, who was walking toward a waiting DART train, opened fire when the officer confronted him.

After the transit officer returned fire, the man fled to a nearby warehouse, where he exchanged fire with other officers who pursued him. That's where he was found dead, Perlich said.

One bystander who was shot later died at Medical Center of Plano, Perlich said. Injuries to the officer and the other bystander weren't considered life-threatening. It wasn't immediately clear if the bystanders were struck by bullets from the suspect's gun or an officer's.

No identities have been released, Perlich said.

It was the latest in a string of violent incidents reported recently at DART stations.

Last month, a man was shot to death during an argument with three people at a station in downtown Dallas.

In December, undercover Dallas police officers shot and killed a suspect who they say brandished a handgun aboard an Amtrak train stopped at Union Station in Dallas, the hub of DART's rail network. An officer and a bystander were wounded.

A few weeks earlier, four juveniles were arrested and charged with murder after a 19-year-old man was shoved against an accelerating DART train at a platform near Fair Park, southeast of downtown Dallas.

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