Reporting Steve Pickett
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The Dallas Police Department says a rookie officer felt threatened when he drew his gun and shot and killed a teenager. It marks Dallas Police Department’s sixth officer involved shooting this year, four of them have been deadly.
Veteran officer Mark Meltabarger and rookie Jamal Robinson responded to a burglary call at the now vacant and former home of 19-year-old Gerardo Pinedo. Police say Pinedo and his friends broke into the home and that Pinedo was not responding to the officers’ commands to get on the ground.
“Suspect threw something which struck the officer in the head,” said DPD Major Jeff Cotner. “And at the same time suspect charged officer Robinson.”
Robinson fired one shot, killing Pinedo. Robinson is still in training, with only seven weeks of experience on the street. According to police and his friends, Pinedo had been drinking heavily all evening.
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