Suspect Killed, Undercover Officer Wounded In Amtrak Shooting

Compiled from staff reports

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An undercover police officer was shot in the hand, a bystander was struck in the shoulder and a suspect was killed in a shooting aboard an Amtrak train car near Dallas’s Union Station Monday, said Dallas Police Deputy Chief Randy Blankenbaker.

Three plainclothes narcotics officers were performing an inspection aboard the train car and approached a “suspicious character,” Blankenbaker said. The officers found a weapon on the man and a confrontation ensued. Witnesses say the man began freely shooting the pistol inside the train.

The suspect was killed at the scene, one plainclothes officer was shot in the hand and a bystander was shot in the shoulder, Blankenbaker said during an evening media conference. Neither of the wounded individuals sustained life-threatening injuries. The victims were all taken to Baylor Medical Center.

On Tuesday, Chief David Brown said ballistics show the suspect did not fire his weapon. He said the man pulled out the gun and pointed it at the officers, causing them to defend themselves.

The deputy chief said he was told the officers boarding the train car to investigate was not out of the norm.

“My understanding is that this is a fairly routine investigation,” he added.

Late Monday, Dallas Police identified the officer as Sr. Cpl. Samuel Hussey, a 22-year veteran of the force currently assigned to the narcotics division. The suspect was identified as Stephen Ray Malone Jr., 32, of Waterford, Mich., a town about 50 miles northeast of Ann Arbor and 30 miles southeast of Flint.

Malone Jr. died of apparent gunshot wounds, officials said, but the final cause of death is pending a routine toxicology report. Both the injured officer and bystander were released from the hospital Tuesday.

Shortly after Monday’s shooting, Dallas Police officers began whisking witnesses away in squad cars, some with and some without handcuffs, reporter Robbie Owens said from the scene. They were returned to Union Station later in the evening.

Hussey asked that the department tell his wife that he is OK before announcing the details to the public. Officers are not allowed to carry cell phones while working undercover.

“My understanding is that (Hussey) is in good spirits considering everything that happened and that his wounds are not life threatening,” Blankenbaker said.

Witnesses aboard the train described a chaotic scene that developed almost immediately.

They say the officers approached Malone Jr. and asked to check his bags.

“All of a sudden, I heard a gunshot. And when I heard the gunshot, I yelled, ‘Everybody get on the floor!’ And I got on the floor,” said rider Bernice Williams.

Witness Jonathan Beaubien said he was about five rows back from the shooting. He also said it happened quickly, and said he saw few signs of an altercation or confrontation before the shooting started. Beaubien was traveling from Gainesville to the East Texas town of Mineola on the Amtrak train.

“I’m pretty shook up, I mean, dude just gets shot and killed like five seats in front of me,” Beaubien said.

Kevin James, a Chicago resident, was on the phone when the gunshots roared through the train car. He said he immediately ducked and heard Hussey cry out that he had been shot in his hand.

When James arose he said he found a hole shot through the seat where his head had been resting.

“I guess I ducked just at the right time,” he said. “I hate to say he had it coming, but in this case, I think justice was served.”

Both Amtrak and Dallas police are investigating. The eastbound Texas Eagle Train 22 was scheduled to leave Dallas at 3:40 p.m., bound for Chicago. The initial shooting call came in at 3:48 p.m., records show.

Waterford, Mich., where the suspect resides, is about 300 miles from Chicago.

An Amtrak spokesman in Chicago said the train was delayed “while local police and Amtrak investigated an incident involving a Dallas Police officer who boarded the train at Dallas Union Station.”

Blankenbaker would not discuss the case further, citing the ongoing investigation. He said officers are compiling physical evidence at the scene and interviewing remaining witnesses.

DART rail and TRE train service at Union Station was halted for about an hour. Both of those services are now running on schedule, DART spokesman Morgan Lyons said.

According to Michigan police records, Malone Jr. is a white man who stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 300 pounds.

He was sentenced in July 2001 for two counts of stealing and concealing property worth more than $20,000 and worth more than $1,000 and less than $20,000, Michigan records show. Both of those charges were from Oakland County in Michigan.

Matt Goodman, Selena Hernandez, Robbie Owens, Carol Cavazos and J.D. Miles contributed reporting. 

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  1. NiteNurse says:

    Have we NOT learned anything about security on any type of transport that carries large amount of passengers??? I haven’t been on a train since I was a child (way before 911). I CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY WE AREN’T AT LEAST SCREENING PASSENGERS FOR WEAPONS PRIOR TO BOARDING??? They do this at sporting events, amusement parks, and court buildings BUT NOT ON TRAINS??? Plus these trains pass through large populations. Let’s just tell all the terrorists what dummies we are!!!

  2. GREAT JOB DALLAS POLICE! says:

    GREAT JOB DALLAS POLICE! THANK YOU FOR PUTTING YOUR LIVES AT RISK FOR US EVERY DAY! I PRAY THAT THE OFFICER IS NOT IN PAIN AND THAT HE RECOVERS QUICKLY!! I’M SICK AND TIRED OF THESE DRUG DEALERS AND OTHER CRIMINALS TAKING OVER OUR SOCIETY! PEOPLE CONSTANTLY(ESPECIALLY IN DALLAS) ARE FAR TOO HARD ON OUR POLICE. NOBODY WANTS MORE TAXES OR FEES YET WE DEMAND PERFECTION OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEAL WITH HORRIBLE THINGS ON A DAILY BASIS. THESE OFFICERS TODAY SAVED MANY INNOCENT LIVES AND PLACED THEMSELVES IN HARMS WAY FOR US CITIZENS! AGAIN, THANK YOU POLICE AND GOOD RIDDANCE TO THE DRUG DEALER!

  3. NiteNurse says:

    I watched several of the national news programs this morning and found no stories about how a man with A GUN was able to board an Amtrak train. The Today show spent 15 minutes talking to the family of a Dallas model who walked into a plane propeller. I want to know why this securtiy risk isn’t being addressed? HELLO IS ANYONE OUT THERE CONCERNED???

    1. Cecil Anthony Ince says:

      he did NOT have a Gun

  4. Cecil Anthony Ince says:

    What REALLY HAPPENED?
    Monday Afternoon three “PLAN CLOTHES” DEA agents boarded the Amtrak while it was stopped at the Dallas Union Station. They saw Steve Malone and his Wife/Girlfriend, Melissa Acord, taking their seats. Steve is a big man with Tattoos from his neck and down his arms, yes Steve Malone has a criminal background and by all appearances looks like a EX-Con with Gang Ties. Just the type of person DEA Agents want to harass BECAUSE they LOOK Suspicious. The approached Malone and Acord, The agents did identify them selves and asked to see Identification, Steve did not respond well, probably felt a bit harassed and singled out. The agents more than likely did not like Steve’s attitude and put his hand on him to step off the Train, Steve Did NOT like this and responded with “GET OFF ME, MAN!” The agent pulled his sidearm and Steve reach out to push the weapon away and the Agent discharged the firearm wounding himself in the hand. The other two agents responded as if Malone was attempting to take the Gun away from the wounded agent and shot Malone dead. A stray bullet struck one of the passengers in the shoulder who was in a nearby seat witnessing the altercation.

    It is in my opinion, the Agents will try sweep this under the rug and Steve’s death could have been prevented and he could be alive tonight sitting in the Dallas County Jail. The Agents profiled Malone and then treated him accordingly, which was not taken very well by Malone and resulted in his death. Malone was in the wrong as well but what can anyone do about someone with a Prison/Street Mentally? A law-enforcement agent’s approach to any situation can make the difference between life and death. Calm and respectful not to imply suspicion, yet always have a contingency in cases where there may be an individual who does have a weapon. LAW-Enforcement Agency’s NEED Ethics Testing, There is no NEED for an individual with a gun and a superior attitude going around ad shoving a gun in a “Suspicious” persons face. I know i don’t want anyone putting a gun in my face for any reason.

    1. NO WAY CECIL! says:

      Cecil, GIVE ME A BREAK! I SUPPOSE THOSE ALIENS WHO LANDED IN YOUR FRONT YARD AND TOOK YOU TO LUNCH TOLD YOU THIS STORY! First off, it was 3 DALLAS PD OFFICERS..those guys that work for us taxpayers here in our city! NOT DEA! Oh and the witnesses that were interviewed on TV said the SUSPECT PULLED A GUN AND SHOT! The people interviewed were not cops..they were train passengers who saw the incident! I will take their word for it since they were actually there…I’m very happy OUR DALLAS OFFICER was only shot in the hand! No sympathy for the guy who tried to shoot a cop!

    2. Ethan says:

      Thanks i needed that comment, Steve Malone’s my father

  5. Cecil Anthony Ince says:

    Way too many conflicting stories. He said she said BS….. Melissa Acord was not book or charged on Monday. No Witnesses ever made any statement to the fact that Steve Malone pulled a Gun and Started Shooting that’s not What happened. Many witnesses there stated he grabbed at the officers Gun and the offices gun went off shooting the NARC officer in the Hand.
    No Drugs no Gun and the “SUSPECT” is Dead?????

  6. Cecil Anthony Ince says:

    STEVE MALONE DID NOT HAVE A GUN!!

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