Officer Shoots Theft Suspect Inside Texas Mall

Reports: Officer-involved shooting closes Parks Mall in Arlington

A day after a police officer-involved shooting frightened holiday shoppers and forced evacuation of the Parks at Arlington mall on Sunday afternoon, police said the suspect, William Paul Dodd, 21, had dealings with them two days earlier in which he threatened to shoot officers.

"We have done a lot of news stories over the past two years about how tragic these things can occur because an officer cannot distinguish between a legitimate, true firearm and an imitation replica firearm", said Lt. Chris Cook with the Arlington Police Department.

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The injured man was being tailed by police after allegedly redeeming a five-finger discount from the Sunglass Hut at the Parks Mall in Arlington.

APD released three still images from the video, which Cook said detectives have reviewed. Follow instructions from First Responders if inside the mall. "Just made sure there were no kids close to the kiosk." he said. He told operators that he was at Stovall Park and reiterated he had a gun and would shoot police if they came near him. On Friday, he was involved in a vehicle evasion when a police officer attempted to stop him for a traffic violation.

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Dodd is still at the Medical Center of Arlington Hospital heavily sedated and in critical condition.

The male suspect was thought to have been stealing sunglasses at the mall in Arlington, Texas, when an officer opened fire, believing the replica gun to be real. He warned the dispatcher that he had a gun and would shoot at police if they tried to pursue him.

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"In the call Mr. Dodd claimed that he was a suspect in an evading arrest call", said Cook.

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